If anyone needed any reminding regarding the scale of Rangers’ Europa League achievements in beating Braga, they need only look at the Portuguese side’s recent victory over FC Porto.
Primeira Liga leaders Porto look set to claim a 30th Portuguese top flight title in the coming weeks but Europa League quarter finalists Braga recently took them down a peg or two.
Ending a 32-match unbeaten run, Carlos Carvalhal’s side showed their class to upstage Porto and defeat them 1-0 on home soil, their first and only defeat of the season to date.
The result ended dreams of an unbeaten campaign from the Estadio do Dragoes club and with it sent a message regarding the ability in the squad.
Ricardo Horta – who has been the subject of somewhat dubious links to the likes of Arsenal and Liverpool – got the only goal of the game.
It might not help avenge the defeat to Rangers in the Europa League Quarter Finals, but it does show that Braga can go toe-to-toe with the best teams in their division.
Scale of Rangers Euro achievement highlighted by Braga win over Porto
FC Porto’s European exploits this season saw them qualify for the Champions League group stages, finishing 3rd in a group with Liverpool, Atleti and AC Milan.
They’d beat Serie A Lazio in the playoff before succumbing to Lyon in the last 16, so this is a team who are no mugs.
SC Braga might’ve been a favourable draw for Rangers considering the other sides the Gers could’ve gotten in the competition but their result over Porto highlights the quality in the squad.
Having lost the first leg 1-0, Rangers rallied in a stoic second at Ibrox, eventually winning 3-1 after the game had been forced to extra time.
For anyone trying to downplay the scale of Rangers’ achievement in overcoming Braga and reaching the semis, the victory over Porto points to a quality outfit still scorned from Rangers’ wrath.
Meanwhile, Rangers manager Giovanni van Bronckhorst has quashed a key player rumour ahead of the trip to play RB Leipzig.