Rangers fans have responded on social media after Malmo manager Jon Dahl Tomasson made a dig at the Gers in a pre-match press conference.
Malmo are in Glasgow for the second leg of their Champions League third qualifying round tie with the Light Blues and they hold a 2-1 advantage after coming out on top in the first meeting last week.
Tomasson says he believes Rangers are favourites to progress, though, mainly due to Steven Gerrard’s side’s bigger budget.
The former Denmark international and AC Milan striker added that he’s happy to see Rangers ‘back where they belong’ in terms of the general Champions League setup, but he also took a clear swipe at the club in the presser.
After being asked which team he thinks is under more pressure, Tomasson replied smugly [Sky Sports]: “Don’t you think that they need the Champions League money?”
“I think so, I think they need that. I think that’s a good answer.”
When asked if he wanted to expand on his initial response, he said while smiling: “I think you all are clever lads, so you understand it.”
Unsurprisingly, his comments provoked quite a response from Rangers fans on social media.
Here’s a selection of reactions:
Thanks to Jon Dahl Tomasson for helping to fire up the Ibrox crowd 👍🏼
— Dougie (@CF3Loyal) August 9, 2021
Good try to get in our head and under our skins. Will just fuel the fans and make the team more determined.
— James Moore. 56 (@NOTELINYI) August 9, 2021
Team talk done….I think Mr Tomasson might regret these comments
— Dumfries & Galloway True Blues (@DumGallTrueBlue) August 10, 2021
Has the Malmö manager seriously gone from praising us to going full sevco? https://t.co/RjVdbFxIB3
— Holsty 🇬🇧 (@Holsty1872) August 9, 2021
— Andrew 🇬🇧 (@Andrew_RFC_1872) August 9, 2021
Battle fever starting to kick in 🇬🇧 https://t.co/QxOj0RvMtZ
— Damien Speirs (@Damien1872) August 9, 2021
Rangers have been smart with their transfer business this summer and have a squad full of valuable assets, so it’s an interesting time for Tomasson to make claims about how in need the club is of a financial boost.
If he was hoping to add extra spice to the fixture he’s succeeded, though, with the second leg shaping up to be a cracker in Govan.
Ahead of the game, an Ibrox star sent a stirring message to supporters on Twitter after multiple boosts were confirmed.