All the best reaction from Rangers Rapid Vienna in one place
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All the best reaction from Rangers Rapid Vienna in one place

Rangers Rapid Vienna was all poised to be a cracker and the first match in European competition proper at Ibrox for almost eight years duly delivered. The Gers ran out 3-1 winners on an iconic night at Ibrox.

Much was said in the run up and plenty more in the aftermath as Rangers topped group G.

With some huge games to come at Ibrox against Spartak Moscow and Villarreal, Rangers are certainly not there yet.

But there’s real hope the Ibrox side can get out of the group and into the knockout stages.

Here’s all of the best reaction to the Rangers Rapid Vienna match in one place.

Rapid captain Stefan Schwab:

“I have to pay tribute to Rangers and their tempo, even late in the game. We just could not keep up with it. It was only a matter of time before Rangers scored, we weren’t allowed to breathe.”

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND – OCTOBER 04: Stefan Schwab of Rapid Vienna gestures during the UEFA Europa League Group G match between Rangers and SK Rapid Wien at Ibrox Stadium on October 4, 2018 in Glasgow, United Kingdom. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Steven Gerrard

“I was very pleased. I thought we were excellent all over the pitch,”

“That’s the Rangers I want. If we get that consistently we’ll become a team.

“I thought the supporters were incredible. Wow. I’ve been blown away by my players’ performance.

“The level today was well deserving of the Europa League level without a shadow of a doubt.

“If we perform like that in our next two home games we’ll get out of this group.

“That’s the best we’ve played.”

James Tavernier

“It was tremendous. During the game the fans were right behind us and pushed us on, and they pushed us on for that goal and Alfredo delivered,”

“There’s always pressure but I was always confident [with the penalty]. I’m just glad it went in the back of the net.

“It was crucial to get the three points at home. I thought it was one of the best performances I’ve seen from the boys.”

Alex Rae

Allan McGregor

“It was brilliant and I thought the full 90 minutes were terrific. We were in their faces, we pressed them at the right times and we were really good on the ball as well.

“Everything was really good and what it should be about. When you have a disappointment, the reaction is the most important thing.

“I don’t think we could have asked for anything better tonight.

“The noise in the last 10 minutes, it is something you love and hope it happens all the time.”

Stephen Thompson

“It was a really strong European performance and another strong home performance,” he said. “That’s been the biggest thing you’ve seen under Steven Gerrard.

“The home performances and results have been a resounding improvement on last year.”

EDINBURGH – OCTOBER 15: Stephen Thompson of Scotland celebrates scoring the second goal with Scot Gemmill during the Safeway International Challenge Match between Scotland and Canada at Easter Road Stadium, on October 15, in Edinburgh, Scotland. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Austrian Newspaper Die Presse.

“At Ibrox Park, the home of the British-Protestant club, Rangers are growing beyond their reach. The pace that Steven Gerrard’s squad showed was remarkable.”

(EDITORS NOTE: Image was converted to black and white) The Hofburg Imperial Palace is the largest palace in the city of Vienna. Austria September 15, 2018 (Photo by Oscar Gonzalez/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Scott Arfield

And even Chris Sutton had something nice to say (reluctantly!)