Former German star hails 'cherished' Ibrox as he makes Nou Camp comparison
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Former German star hails 'cherished' Ibrox as he makes Nou Camp comparison

Former Rangers star Christian Nerlinger has hailed the Gers’ ‘unbelievable’ qualification for the Europa League final against Eintracht Frankfurt as the German insisted Ibrox should be held in the same regard as the Nou Camp or Bernabeu.

Nerlinger was full of praise for the Ibrox coaching staff and confessed his time playing at the iconic ground remains some his most ‘cherished’ memories.

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After Thursday night’s stunning atmosphere almost defeaned half of Glasgow, the German thinks it is simply one of the very best arenas anywhere in the world.

“Rangers making it to a big European final is an unbelievable achievement,” Nerlinger said [Daily Record].

“There’s always a big question about how Scottish teams can compete in Europe but this Rangers team play incredible football.

“They have a coaching team with Gio van Bronckhorst and Roy Makaay who understand the DNA of Scottish football and Rangers.

“On top of that, they have a firm grasp on the structures of modern football and when you put that together with a team that is committed and a place as special as Ibrox it gives you something extraordinary.

“Ibrox is one of the biggest, the loudest arenas in world football.

“There’s the Nou Camp, there’s the Bernabeu and Ibrox should be seen in the same light.

“For me, playing there is still one of my most cherished experiences of my football career. It’s really special.”

Ibrox has something special that is lacking at most grounds around the world

I might be a bit biased here but there are few, if any grounds that come close to Ibrox – especially on the big nights.

Even drawing up to the stadium and seeing that iconic red brick facade lit up is as imposing an experience as you’ll get anywhere in the world; and that’s before you’ve even set foot in the stadium.

While it won’t have any effect on the Europa League final, hopefully, we see Champions League football back at Ibrox next season.

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