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Eintracht Frankfurt have been playing between Rangers and the first European trophy since 1972, when the Scottish giants won the Cup Winners ’Cup.

Van Bronckhorst’s team has already exceeded expectations, reaching a show to be held at Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan, home to six-time UEFA Cup / Europa League winner Sevilla.

The home uniform of the Rangers was vital on the way to the final, especially in the context of their away results.

This season, “Gers” won only one game in the Europa League away, in February against Dortmund “Borussia” with a score of 4-2, while their three trips to Europe since then ended in defeat.

However, the Rangers have been pushed by noisy home fans at Ibrox, especially in the knockout phase – they have won each of the last three Europa League matches as hosts, scoring three goals in all.

Spanish police expect that about 150,000 Rangers and Eintracht fans will arrive in Seville for the game on Wednesday. So Van Bronckhorst isn’t worried about a lack of support.

Asked how important support will be, Van Bronckhorst told reporters: “It will be a factor because our fans support us very well.

“Of course, Ibrox is a huge factor, and in the matches we played this season in Europe, we knew we would get a good away result to return to Ibrox [because] we are capable of winning against any team [at home].

“Of course, the finale is different because it’s just one game you play, not at Ibrox, but in Seville, I think we’re both [Rangers and Eintracht] feel it.

“It’s different, but I think tomorrow you’ll hear a lot of them, our fans, and I think our performances can also be good, so I think we’re ready and we’ll play like we always do, and give up everything that depends on us. you have to win this game. “

Kemar Rufus ’presence certainly didn’t hurt Rangers’ chances of success on Wednesday when the striker returned to controversy after the injury.

Rufus injured his knee last month when the Rangers beat Celtic in the Scottish Cup semi-finals, and even last week Van Bronckhorst admitted that the striker’s involvement in Sevilla was questionable.

But the Dutchman confirmed that Rufus can meet with Eintracht, and now his participation is only a matter of choice.

“Kemar is available, yesterday he trained with us for the first time [Monday]”- added Van Bronckhorst.” Before that he conducted individual training, and he will train with us [on Tuesday].

“He’ll be on the team and I want to use him, he’s available.”

This season, Ruf scored 16 goals for the Rangers in all competitions, although he was not a guaranteed starting player – 16 of his 35 appearances came from the bench.

The absence of Alfred Morelos due to a long-term injury makes Rufus ’return even more important.

“Of course, it’s an incentive for us,” Van Bronckhorst said. “He was injured a couple of weeks ago when he was in good condition.

“He is very important to the team. I’m happy he came back because he worked hard to be ready for the game with Leipzig.

“He didn’t have time, so we just extended [the season] for him with the finale. He is here and he is ready to play his part. “


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