John Lundstram says the Rangers players face one last test in the Europa League as their momentous passage to the final works ‘miracles’ for Scottish football.
The Ibrox side’s road to the final in Seville has been one of giant kills and comebacks, and those victories over Borussia Dortmund, Red Star Belgrade, Braga and RB Leipzig make Lundstram believe the Europa League glory is theirs.
“I think the lads deserve a lot of credit, I think we passed the test,” said the midfielder Sky Sports.
“I think it brought out the best in each of us.
“To be fair, when we come to Ibrox I think we can beat anyone when the crowd gets behind us and now we just have to do it away on the European stage.”
Signed by ex-coach Steven Gerrard last summer, the midfielder has been instrumental in Rangers’ European success this season.
The 28-year-old’s late striker against Leipzig on a famous night under the Ibrox lights sent them to their first European final in 14 years.
“It’s a huge club to come into, a lot of pressure in the early doors. Playing for Steven was huge for me.
“I think there was a bit of pressure playing for my childhood hero, but a number of games helped me this season.
“You see it in better players than me at bigger clubs. It’s turned out the way it is and I’m absolutely delighted.
“My main goal was to play in Europe. Originally I wanted to try to win the Champions League as I thought it was achievable but it wasn’t supposed to be.
“Reaching a final in a major competition is something very special and I can’t wait.”
Rangers’ victory at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium secures the group stage of the Champions League for next season, with Celtic already securing a spot after reclaiming the Scottish Premiership title.
Lundstram believe they deserve full credit for their results and performances this season in Europe.
“I think we’ve done wonders for Scottish football in getting this far.
“I remember Liverpool got this far 4/5 years ago and my hometown was absolutely busy.
“We were beaten by Sevilla in the final and I remember how big that was for the club.
“So it was absolutely massive for the Rangers.”
A final nudge for Europa League glory
Eintracht Frankfurt also impressed on the way to the Europa League final and didn’t lose a single game.
Her domestic form, by contrast, was unpredictable.
While Rangers warmed up for the final before the end of the Scottish Premiership with a 3-1 away win at Hearts on Wednesday, the German side finished 11th in the Bundesliga with a 1-1 draw against Borussia Mönchengladbach.
Lundstram is not paying attention to their league form as Rangers look to win a second European trophy in club history.
“There are a few nerves, but the excitement is the big one,” he said.
“We saw the run they had in Europe this year.
“I don’t think they lost a game so it’s going to be a really tough fight for us.
“They played some really exciting stuff against some of the really big teams in the competition.
“Of course we will oppose it, but we accept the challenge.”