Rangers’ Champions League conqueror steps down from manager role
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Rangers’ Champions League conqueror steps down from manager role

Rangers’ Champions League defeat to Malmo remains one of the sorest aspects of this season to date but the man who masterminded it in Jon Dahl Tomasson has just left the Swedish Champions.

The former Denmark, AC Milan and Feyenoord forward was championed by rivals everywhere after cracking wise about Rangers’ finances before guiding his Malmo team to the Champions League group stages.

Jon Dahl Tomasson and his underrated Malmo squad took advantage of a sluggish early-season Rangers to dump the Gers 4-2 on aggregate and dent the club’s £40m Euro dream.

Rangers’ second half collapse at Ibrox – despite leading 1-0 against 10 men at halftime – was one of the most excruciating European nights Rangers have had had in a long, long time.

But now the outspoken manager has stepped down from his role with Malmo after guiding the Swedes to a second Allsvenskan title on the bounce.

Rangers conqueror Jon Dahl Tomasson leaves Malmo after winning title

Malmo FF announced the news on their official website, with the separation appearing to be driven from camp Jon Dahl Tomasson.

After the club thanked the 45-year-old Danish coach for his success over two seasons, the ex-Newcastle United forward said that he believes he’s leaving the club with a “good feeling”.

“It was a difficult decision to say goodbye but at the same time a good feeling. Because I feel that I end up at the top with Malmö FF,” said Jon Dahl Tomasson [Malmo].

“I am humble, grateful and proud to have been a coach in one of the biggest clubs in Scandinavia.

“And proud that during these two years we have written new beautiful chapters in the club’s history books.

“A heartfelt thank you to all of you in and around the club for two unforgettable years.”

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Malmo would go on to pip Bulgarian side Ludogorets in the Champions League Playoff before finishing bottom of the competition’s Group H.

Rangers’ Swedish counterparts earned only one point – in a draw against 10-men Zenit – in a tough group which included the Russian champions, Chelsea and Juventus.

Rangers remain in European competition and now have a huge Europa League knockout playoff clash with Borussia Dortmund on the horizon.