Rangers achieved a hugely significant result as they knocked tournament favorites Borussia Dortmund out of the Europa League last night.
The 2-2 draw inside a raucous Ibrox finished the job after the exhilarating 4-2 win in Germany, allowing Gers to face Red Star Belgrade after the draw earlier in the day .
Two goals from captain James Tavernier were enough to keep the home side ahead of the visitors who scored through Donyell Malen and the irrepressible Jude Bellingham.
A special night that saw the Light Blues firmly announce themselves on the European stage featured many notable performers including striker and attacking duo of Ryan Kent and Alfredo Morelos.
Right here Ibrox News select just a few and examine winners and losers of an electric night in Glasgow.
Winner – Giovanni van Bronckhorst
The triumphant side’s manager will obviously walk away with credit, but the pressure was really on the Dutchman after the Dortmund result.
Had the visitors overturned the deficit, questions would have been thrown at the boss following a league slide, but he maneuvered his team perfectly to stay on top of BVB.
His tactical decision to bring in Leon Balogun at half-time and switch to back five paid off, with John Lundstrum slotting in effortlessly into a central three, while the two full-backs helped Gers dominate the second half time.
Loser – Borna Barisic
The Croatian was the sacrifice of the aforementioned tactical change as he was taken off after 45 minutes for the returning Nigerian.
Despite some shaky displays in recent weeks, the 29-year-old didn’t seem to be playing too badly in the first half, but appears to have lost some of the trust of fans and his manager following his showdown. horror in the Old Firm derby.
Now that Balogan is fit again, he may struggle to regain his place given his competition.
Winner – Calvin Bassey
That competition is the 22-year-old Nigerian who was in fabulous form last night after switching to left-back.
Despite some questions about his own form after a glaring error against Ross County, he came back strong when deployed to the flank in recent wins.
He was excellent at Ibrox last night, pressing the visitors and pinning them in tandem with his captain on the opposite side, and it was his cross that assisted the second goal when he dug in a dangerous through ball after some great work to outsmart two opponents. large.
Loser – VAR
After some refereeing decisions have been against the Light Blues in the SPFL since the turn of the year, the clamor for the introduction of VAR in Scotland has grown.
The calls may die down shortly after last night after Kent’s third was ruled out after review thanks to a perceived foul by Morelos on Emre Can.
The German appeared to kick the Colombian as he was taken in possession but the referee saw it differently and awarded the foul in favor of Dortmund, it later became clear that Antonio Mateu Lahoz hadn’t seen the best angle of the incident despite it being broadcast on television.
Winner – Rangers Fans
As obvious as it may seem, the fans were arguably the biggest winners of all.
The night will go down in Light Blues history as one of their greatest ever performances in Europe and fans everywhere will remember who they watched it with and where for years.
Those lucky enough to be inside Ibrox have been treated to a special atmosphere, and whatever happens for the rest of the season, nothing can take the experience away from them.
In other Rangers news, frequent detractor Chris Sutton could only applaud after the result over Dortmund.