Braga star Abel Ruiz insists his side won’t collapse under the pressure at Ibrox tonight in the second leg of their Europa League quarter-final clash and is confident the experience of losing to Rangers two years ago will help them secure their place in the semis.
Several of the Braga side were involved when the Gers mounted a stunning comeback from 2-0 down to win 3-2 at Ibrox in 2020 and Ruiz believes that experience will prove vital for Carlos Carvalhal’s side.
The former Barcelona youngster scored the only goal of last week’s clash and is confident they can get a repeat tonight and book a semi-final clash against RB Leipzig or Atalanta.
“The players involved here two years ago now have experience of what can happen in an atmosphere like this.” Ruiz said.
“Rangers fans will support the team from the first minute, we must have a plan in mind.
“Some of the players have the experience of two years ago and that can be vital. Rangers will fight until the end, but so will we.
“Two years ago, we were winning 2-0, but Rangers are a team that always fights, and they came back into the game and they beat us.
“We didn’t progress, but we have confidence. We beat Rangers last week and this is a new game. We have the will to win this.
“We are aware it will be a tough game, but we will start the match with a good momentum and I believe we can do this.”
With away goals having been scrapped, Rangers can afford to throw a little more caution to the wind tonight as they look for the two goals they need to secure qualification.
However, the Light Blues can’t allow any errors at the back if they are to reach the last four for the first time since 2008.