Rangers fans have been chanting all season about going to Baku, and it seems that Sasa Papac hasn’t given up hope of it happening either.
The ex-Rangers hero didn’t exactly say that we’d make the final. Just that we will see how it goes as long as the team take it one game at a time.
He likened it to the 2008 team which made the UEFA Cup Final. Like Gerrard’s team, that Walter Smith Rangers side were also unfancied for much of the tournament.
Now Rangers have two massive group games against Villarreal and Rapid Vienna that will define our European progress. But Sasa Papac has been pleased with our performances so far.
“I am so surprised by it because we have not been in Europe over the past few years and the lads have coped with the games really well,” explained Sasa.
“Now the team has the opportunity to make that next step and the next two games are very important for them.
“It is hard to say how they will go. In 2008, we didn’t know that we were going to make it to the final. We just played from game to game and grew up with every match.
“We weren’t the favourites in many of the games and just tried to do our best job in every match. This team must do the same and we will see how it goes.”
“Why not? If you look at history, Rangers have had gaps without trophies in the past as well. This is one of those times and you must accept this, but I think the future can be special.”
Can Rangers make it to Baku?
Whilst Rangers have put in some serious performances in Europe this year, it’s not exactly guaranteed that Rangers are really on their way.
Fans are also chanting more out of hope than expectation. Even Sasa Papac knows that. But if Rangers can show up in the next two matches, then you can never say never.
We have traditionally faired very well in Europe and we will be difficult to beat. Come January, we’ll also be much stronger too.
Rangers have also been the story of the Europa League so far. The competition would be much worse off without us.
Let’s just see how it goes against Villarreal. A positive result against a major European outfit could be a gamechanger.
Beat the Spaniards and we will well and truly be on our way – to the knockout rounds at least.
And for now, that’s good enough for any of us.