Rangers goalkeeper Jack Butland has challenged his teammates to channel the spirit of Ibrox legend Bill Struth and overcome PSV Eindhoven.

The ex-England stopper has made a big impression since joining Rangers in the summer and echoed comments made by the legendary Ibrox figure about underestimating the side.

Also echoing comments made by Michael Beale at the end of the eventual 2-2 Champions League Playoff draw with the Dutch, Jack Butland pulled on inspiration from ex-Ibrox manager Bill Struth.

Namely, the ex-Manchester United and Crystal Palace stopper pointed to the following quote which is printed on the walls around Ibrox and the Rangers Training Centre:

“I am never happier than when the outside world has us beaten before a ball is kicked – for then I know the true greatness of our club will be revealed.”

Administrators Continue Their Work At Rangers FC
Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

Jack Butland hopes to channel Rangers spirit of Bill Struth

Paraphrasing this quote, Jack Butland called on his teammates to draw inspiration from Bill Struth as Rangers look to overcome PSV Eindhoven.

”People like to write Rangers off,” Butland said. “The great Mr Struth said that himself. People write us off, they forget we’re Rangers. 

“If people want to write us off, if they want to call them favourites, so be it. But we’re looking forward to the tie. 

“We walk past [the Struth quote] every day at the training ground, we walk past it at the stadium.

“I’ve looked into it. Of course, when I signed I looked into the history but this is a quote we walk past every day. 

Rangers v PSV Eindhoven - UEFA Champions Qualifying Play-Off: First Leg
Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/Getty Images

“The manager showed it to us again on Tuesday. It’s something people expect of us, but people also like to write us off. So do that if you will.”

Alongside quoting Bill Struth, Jack Butland has also been making headlines for comments he made about resurgent Rangers winger Rabbi Matondo.

Related Topics