Van Bronckhorst claims Ibrox will give Rangers energy for the second leg

However, Van Bronckhorst is urging his players to take heart from a defensive discipline display and believes a home crowd in Glasgow can provide the spark to turn the tie. (Author: Gardener)

Van BronckhorstGiovanni van Bronckhorst insists Ibrox will give Rangers the energy they need to reach the Europa League final. A late goal from Red Bull Leipzig's Spanish left-back Angelino broke the Scottish champions' first-leg resistance in Germany with five minutes remaining. Van Bronckhorst is urging his Rangers players to take heart from a defensive discipline performance but believes a home crowd in Glasgow can provide the spark to turn the tie and secure a place in Seville on May 18. Giovanni van Bronckhorst (R) says Ibrox will give Rangers the energy they need in the second leg. “Of course a goal puts us back in the draw. "We have a lot of great European nights at home and the fans will definitely give us the energy and atmosphere we need. My players should fight for the final. "It's always disappointing when you lose a goal so late in the game. But it's a 1-0 defeat and we know what to do next week. Rangers fought hard before suffering a late defeat on a tense and nerve-wracking night in Germany. "It's a final in Seville that we can qualify for. So we have to give it our all and I'm sure our home game at Ibrox next week will give us a lot of energy to beat Leipzig. “They are a high-class team, but we want to reach the final. As always, we need to prepare well next week and do everything we can to reach Sevilla.” Forced to defend deep in the first half, the Scottish champions found more joy when Joe Aribo went into attack after the break. "We defended well in the first half and weren't as sure of the ball as I would have liked," he added. "But in the second half we changed our setup a bit so we didn't have to run a lot. The Scottish champions were happier when Joe Aribo (left) went into attack after the break. The Dutchman expressed his disappointment at losing a corner kick five minutes from time and told his players they still had excellent chances of reaching the final Frankfurt appear likely opponents after beating West Ham 2-1 in London. Of course you can feel the disappointment in the dressing room because of the late goal. "But we're only halfway there and have shown in front of our character that we're getting back into our rhythm at home next week. "It's not often that you get a chance to play a European final, so we have to give everything and do everything to win the game. I don't think we'll play like we did today.” Angelino scored a great volley five minutes from time that put Leipzig ahead of the game. Frustration mounted among the 40,303 spectators - 6,000 of them Rangers fans. Angelino's stunning volley after 85 minutes caused wild cheers. Admitting it was a tribute to the way Rangers defended, Van Bronckhorst said: “Obviously if you score in a semi-final then it won't matter which team you're going to celebrate. "It's normal for Leipzig to celebrate the goal because we would have done the same. “We'll both be preparing for next week but we have home advantage and just need to be as organized as we were today. The Spaniard's overwhelming volley caused wild cheers from the hosts. "We have to score - we can't play the whole 90 minutes like we did today. “The disappointment was more in conceding the goal so late. That was the disappointment, but we have to analyze this game and look ahead. “The tie is halfway through and we have a chance to reach the final next week. We'll do everything we can to try and reach the final.” Red Bull Leipzig boss Domenico Tedesco believes his team will need to score at the Ibrox to reach the final next month. Red Bull Leipzig boss Domenico Tedesco believes his team needs to score at the Ibrox and you need to deal with that. “They have good guys in Kent and Aribo and Ibrox can be a different game. If they play like that, it's 0-0 and they need a goal, so they have to open. “I think Ibrox is special and we are excited to be there in a week. I think we have to score there.


Who will win RB Leipzig against Rangers? Our authors make their predictions for the semi-finals of the Europa League

Giovanni van Bronckhorst takes his team to Germany for a monumental round of 16 first leg against the Bundesliga club. (Author: Gardener)

RB LeipzigA monumental semi-final first leg against RB Leipzig awaits the traveling fans who come to Germany with a dream of Seville in their hearts. Giovanni van Bronckhorst's side have beaten Borussia Dortmund, Red Star Belgrade and Braga on their way to the last four and it's clear they can take on anyone in this competition. But the absence of Alfredo Morelos, Kemar Roofe and Aaron Ramsey through injury has left Rangers with a tough task against the in-form Bundesliga side. But they are weakened by the loss of midfielder Kevin Kampl and the suspensions of defenders Willi Orban and Mohamed Simakan could open the door for a Rangers team exhausted themselves from injuries. A one-goal deficit would give them a great shot at the final if they put the Germans back in a pumped-up Ibrox. The form of the Ibrox side in Europe is absolutely superb and although they are without Morelos, Roofe or Ramsey they can score in Germany to give themselves a real chance in the second leg. Obviously RB will pose a threat but Rangers can return with a tie and hope to finish the job next week. Leipzig could bring them back to earth in 90 minutes tonight, especially given the players Van Bronckhorst will be without. It's up to the manager to come up with a plan to keep the dream alive. A draw would be ideal, but a narrow loss will suffice as long as the second leg is still alive. Rangers have been excellent in Europe this season and a fighting defensive display can bring them back to Ibrox with a chance to progress. Christopher Nkunku was RB Leipzig's goalscorer. Rangers are up against high-profile opponents and a thinned-out roster. But they still have the talent to hurt sides on the continent and will dig up a goal to keep the tie alive when it goes back to Glasgow. No recognized striker and a top opponent could easily surpass Rangers tonight, but the quality and will they have shown on the continent this season should see them return to Ibrox with the final still within reach .


Celtic and Rangers will have to wait with coefficients as Ukrainian clubs prepare for the UEFA group stage parachute

Ukraine could have five representatives in European competition next season and that could have a huge impact on Scotland's coefficient place. (Author: Gardener)

RangersAccording to Dnipro coach Igor Jovicevic, Ukrainian clubs could go straight to the group stage of UEFA competitions next season if qualifiers are scrapped. The Ukrainian league season was cut short due to the ongoing Russian invasion, with European spots being awarded based on the rankings at the time. Ukraine are currently 12th in the coefficient table, three points behind Scotland and that means third-placed Dnipro move to the Europa League, while Zorja and Vorskla go to the Conference League. Under normal circumstances, each of Ukraine's five European representatives would have to go through a qualifier. But in a potentially unprecedented move, Dnipro boss Jovicevic claims UEFA is in talks on a proposal to grant them all automatic qualification. It could give five Ukrainian clubs a chance to earn coefficient points and put them back in the top ten position that has secured Celtic or Rangers as good as Champions League football next season. "There is now a proposal to allow Ukrainian clubs to be placed directly in the group stages of European competitions. We'll see if that's possible, it would be a big exception but UEFA would help us with that concession." Clubs get through this difficult period by taking them straight to the group stage. Ukraine are currently three places behind Scotland in 12th in the coefficients and Scottish clubs will be following UEFA's proposals with interest. Next season Celtic will certainly be in the Champions League group stage if Liverpool complete the job against Villarreal with the Premiership title enough to ensure the Champions League winners also qualify through their league placement. Rangers would even enter pot one of the Champions League if they won the Europa League. If they neither win the Europa League nor the Premiership, they would advance to the second qualifying round of the Champions League. Hearts enter the Europa League play-offs in August and, if successful, advance to the group stage of the tournament. If they lose, they parachute into the Europa Conference League groups. Meanwhile, fourth and fifth place in Scotland are enough to secure Conference League qualifying spots.


West Ham, Rangers and Leicester in action as Jose Mourinho returns with Roma

West Ham play Eintracht Frankfurt at home while Rangers travel to RB Leipzig in the Europa League semi-final first leg; Jose Mourinho meets Brendan Rodgers, one of his former coaches, in the Europa Conference League semifinals (Author: Gardener)

Jose MourinhoWest Ham and Rangers are in the Europa League semi-finals on Thursday when Jose Mourinho's Roma take on Leicester in the Europa Conference League. As West Ham prepare to face Eintracht Frankfurt in the first leg of the Europa League semi-finals, manager David Moyes showed great faith in his players. The first leg will be played at London Stadium on Thursday night, where Moyes' Hammers have enjoyed a number of big victories throughout the season. He said: "I think our home form this year has been pretty good. Beating Tottenham, Liverpool and Chelsea shows that we can play well against any team on our home day." Despite Moyes being confident in his squad, the size of a European semi-final still seems very surreal to Moyes. He added: "It's a great game. The thrill of qualifying last year was great. If you had said to us last year that you were in the semi-finals and that you had a chance to reach the final, I' said: "You're joking."It's a huge achievement for West Ham to qualify for the semi-finals of the Europa League, but Moyes and his side have other ambitions."The players have gotten better and even our style of how we played and as we've developed, so many of the players have improved individually."We brought in a couple of guys, but almost all the players that have played here have improved individually, otherwise they wouldn't be at this level of European football play. The semi-final sounds good, but the final sounds even better." Mark Noble insists he will not reverse his decision to retire at the end of the season even if West Ham win the Europa League. David Moyes' side meet Eintracht Frankfurt in the semi-final first leg on Thursday and know that victory in this competition would be a ticket to the Champions League, but even that would not tempt him to play on, says Noble. "I've been asked that question so many times by so many people," said the club captain. "The reason we would get into the Champions League is to win the Europa League. If I win the Europa League and lift the trophy, would I come back?" "I was joking with the lads the other day and said if that happened I'd love to see the Champions League games with the Europa League trophy on the next chair. Noble admitted his farewell tour was even better than he could have imagined the club he joined as a 16-year-old has gone head to head with some European heavyweights. Yes. Did I think this would happen? Probably no," he added. "This season has been special for me after announcing it would be my last. "We've got an incredible game here and probably a bigger game in a week. The one with the fans of To be able to enjoy West Ham with the players and staff is an incredible achievement."Do I think it's possible to win? Yes. It will be difficult because the other three teams will feel the same way in this situation. * West Ham and Eintracht Frankfurt have faced West for the second time in European competition. Previously, Ham eliminated the German side in the 1975/76 Cup Winners' Cup semi-finals. * Eintracht Frankfurt are the fourth team to reach the semi-finals of the Europa League after they had competed in the group stage - two of the previous three lifting the trophy (Villarreal 2020-21 and Chelsea 2018-19), with only Liverpool failing to win the competition outright in 2015-16.* West Ham have reached the semi-finals of a Major for the first time times since 2013/14 when they lost 9-0 on aggregate to Manchester City, the last semi-final of David Moyes in the other League Cup semi-final this season with his Manchester United side eliminated by Sunderland * Eintracht Frankfurt has in the last 18 Europa League games without conceding once and conceding a goal in each of the last eight games in a row. Despite conceding eight games in a row, they remain unbeaten in those games - they are the first team in Europa League history to concede eight or more games unbeaten in a row. * David Moyes is the first Scotland manager to reach the semi-finals of the UEFA Cup/Europa League since 2007/08, when Walter Smith guided Rangers to the final. Rangers manager Giovanni van Bronckhorst wants his players to block outside pressure and leave nothing on the pitch against RB Leipzig as they aim to reach a European final for the first time in 14 years. "You just have to focus on the preparation and fend off all the outside pressure to win this stage," said Van Bronckhorst. "That's what the players have to do. Just make sure we prepare as usual and as soon as the whistle blows, go into the game and give everything you've got on the pitch. "Obviously, conceding a European semi-final is exciting play, but we have to do it against a strong team, we showed Leipzig a lot of games and are well prepared. “We have faith, but you also need a good performance tomorrow and next week. "The confidence is there, but we also know that we have to perform again and everything we've achieved in the past doesn't count against Leipzig. "We're preparing well for these two games and I have a lot of faith in my team and I'm sure we can do well to have a chance of reaching the final." Allan McGregor reflected on Rangers' "amazing performance" as they reached the last four of the Europa League ahead of Thursday's semi-final first leg. McGregor, who was at the Ibrox club 14 years ago but missed out on Rangers' second-place finish in the UEFA Cup in 2008 through injury, said the Light Blues' recent continental performances were the most satisfying elements of a long and successful career. "I think three and a half years ago nobody thought we would qualify for the groups," said the goalkeeper. "And then we got better every year. "I don't know how we're going to progress next year, right enough. But it was an incredible performance from all the guys and staff over the three and a half years. "It was a good run. "I never thought it would happen, to be honest. I've said it a million times - you just take each game as it comes. It's going to be a big event for the club, a big event for the players and we just have to go and enjoy it.” although one of those wins came in their last such attempt, by beating Borussia Dortmund in the play-offs in February .* RB Leipzig have reached their second major European semi-final within their first five seasons in European competition, having also reached that stage in the 2019/20 UEFA Champions League.* Rangers have won for the seventh time overall and for the first time since 2007/ 08, when they finished second behind Zenit St Petersburg, reached the semi-finals of a major European competition Rangers have now reached Celtic (7) for the most semi-finals in major European competitions among Scottish clubs.* RB Leipzig's participation in that tie means that at least one team eliminated from the Champions League, t he has reached in every season since 2015/16 n the semi-finals of the Europa League, although neither side has been able to win the competition in the last three seasons, most recently Atlético de Madrid in the 2017/18 season. Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers believes Jose Mourinho still has the X factor ahead of their European showdown. The Foxes host Roma in the first leg of the Europa Conference League semi-finals on Thursday. It's Mourinho's first game in England since he was sacked by Tottenham last year. His Roma side sit fifth in Serie A and, having been youth boss at Chelsea during Mourinho's first spell at Stamford Bridge, Rodgers remains a huge supporter. He said: "He doesn't have to prove anything to anyone. He was brilliant in so many aspects of the game. Detail oriented, man leading the player, his understanding of tactical adjustment of the game, he had this special quality that I could see. I studied and watched it and it was a very special time back then." "It's a prestigious competition, all four teams will want to win it. We will do everything we can to get to the final. Ricardo Pereira scored the Foxes' late winner in their 2-1 semi-final second leg win at PSV earlier this month and acknowledges the size of the game. He said: "It's the first semi-final for the club and we have them Opportunity to reach a final in a European competition, that's a great achievement. We're all aware of that and that's why it's a big game for us. “We have a little taste of winning a competition (the FA Cup) that helps us but I don't think there will be a huge difference (vs Roma). They have good players who play in national teams, like Sergio (Oliveira) who plays with me, so it won't make any difference."


RB Leipzig vs. Rangers: TV channel, live stream, team news & preview

RB Leipzig meets Rangers in the Europa League – this is how you see it live, team news, betting odds (Author: Gardener)

RB LeipzigRB Leipzig host Rangers in the Europa League semi-final first leg on Thursday. The German side look to recover from their disappointing home defeat by Union Berlin at the weekend, while the visitors win four games ahead of the trip to Leipzig. Before the game, GOAL brings you everything you need to know including how to watch, team news, odds and more. BT Sport 2 shows RB Leipzig v Rangers live on TV in the United Kingdom (UK) and the game can also be streamed live online using the BT Sport app. RB Leipzig are favorites with beating Rangers 5/12. With 13/2 to win, Rangers are the underdogs. RB Leipzig have scored in each of their last seven games, while Rangers are on a good run themselves, so assisting both teams to score at 24/25 could be worth a try. Willi Orban, Kevin Jampl and Mohamed Simakan are all suspended for the home side. Rangers will be without several players for this game, with Kemar Roofe, Ianis Hagi, Filip Helander and Alfredo Morelos absent. Rangers still have a slim chance of winning the domestic title as they are six points behind Celtic, although that is very unlikely at this stage. However, they could still win the double as they have reached the Scottish Cup final. A positive result in Leipzig will be crucial to keep that dream alive and they have momentum after winning four games in a row. However, RB Leipzig are looking strong despite the excitement against Union Berlin at the weekend. is the world's #1 crypto sports betting company. All the biggest leagues and tournaments are available at some of the most competitive odds on the market. Sign up at to enjoy pre-match and in-play betting, hundreds of markets and a range of features from Cash Out to ACCA Boost where you get up to 50% extra on your accumulator bets be able!


Callum McGregor calls for calm as Celtic take on title rivals Rangers in the final Old Firm of the season

Callum McGregor has urged his fellow Celtics to keep a cool head as they seek to avenge their recent Scottish Cup semi-final loss to Rangers on Sunday and lay a hand on the Cinch Premiership trophy. (Author: Gardener)

Callum McGregorCallum McGregor has urged his fellow Celtics to keep a cool head as they seek to avenge their recent Scottish Cup semi-final loss to Rangers on Sunday and lay a hand on the Cinch Premiership trophy. The final Glasgow derby takes place at Parkhead on Sunday, just two weeks after the Ibrox side beat the Hoops 2-1 after extra time in the round of 16 showdown at Hampden. However, Celtic have a chance to quash that disappointment as a win on Sunday would put them nine points clear of their city rivals with a superior goal difference and just three games left. When asked if the Hoops players already see themselves as title winners, Captain McGregor warned: "No, no if we do well and get a win. The reason for our success is that we took each game as it came and gave 100 PCs into that game. We'll do that at the weekend. "Obviously it's a huge game. We didn't do justice to each other in the semi-finals, so it's just as much a question of making things right. If we do that and play well, everyone else will have a great day." " With the two Glasgow sides separated by just six points, McGregor is looking forward to the most closely fought title race since he joined Celtic's first-team in 2014/15, at a time when Rangers were in the lower leagues played."I would say it's (as close as the two teams were)," he said. "Both teams are doing really well. Rangers are also doing very well in Europe which shows they are on a par. It's really exciting for Scottish football. That kind of title race is always good for Scottish football's product. " McGregor was thrilled to be one of four men nominated for the PFA Scotland Premiership Player of the Year award on Wednesday. "There are also six (Celtic) players in Team of the Year, which shows on which The level the boys play," he said. "It's a great testimony for them. The guys on the other teams looked at it and saw that we were doing something right.


6 Rangers and Hearts starlets who lit up the Scottish Youth Cup final as Rory Wilson and Liam McFarlane faced off

The Scottish Youth Cup grand final took place in Hampden last night and there were some outstanding performances. (Author: Gardener)

the Scottish Youth CupHampden hosted the Scottish Youth Cup final on Wednesday night as Rangers took on Hearts. The U18 sides battled it out in Glasgow a month before the first clash between the same two clubs in the Scottish Cup final. Heart, led by former Tynecastle and Ibrox star Steven Naismith, was disappointed as Rangers won 2-1 after 90 minutes. Two great goals - both wonderful volleys from Rory Wilson and Darren McInally - gave Rangers a 2-0 lead at half-time, with the Light Blues dominating through the first 45. Hearts keeper Liam McFarlane had somehow kept his side alive with some fantastic saves - and denied Wilson and Robbie Ure in the opening minutes. But despite a late push that saw Rangers keeper Jack McConnell twice in the closing stages, it was Gers who clinched the deserved win. It's been great promotion for youth football at Hampden and there have been a couple of standout performances from both teams - with names that are sure to catapult you into the first-team for months and years to come. His volley gave the Jambos keeper absolutely no chance and set the tone for the upcoming game. The youngster's technique for the first goal was hugely impressive as he drilled in from a MacKenzie Strachan corner. He looks composed in front of goal and mature in his off-ball positioning. He caused several problems for the Jambos backline with his movement and penetrating runs and appears to have a bright future at Ibrox. The Hearts keeper kept his side on their toes for the first 34 minutes despite constant pressure from the Light Blues. Hearts U18 boss Steven Naismith said his goalkeeper had to work on getting off his line quicker when speaking before the clash. But he certainly showed he had listened to his gaffer, using his fast feet to make two crucial saves in a row within the first five minutes. McFarlane was compared to a "young Craig Gordon" by Cammy Bell and Richard Foster, who analyzed the game at half-time. He may have just been 16 but he was a standout player during the Hampden clash. The youngster put his name on the scoresheet with a spectacular one-touch volleyball to put his second-team ahead. The teenager certainly seems to have something about him and promises to be an exciting up-and-coming player who is already catching the attention of clubs south of the border. Despite being down 2-0 at half-time, he rose to the challenge rather than say goodbye. The 17-year-old showed great attitude as he was positive in his movements and aimed at the Rangers defense at every opportunity. Currently on loan at East Fife, he has already made an impression under Robbie Neilson and there is more to come on that performance in the near future. While Wilson has been making headlines for a while, Ure is knocking on the door for the Rangers kids with some impressive performances by his side. Has provided good support for his strike partner alongside Tyler Pasnik and on another day he would have scored a couple of goals and an assist in the opening five minutes to show his efforts. He was denied early on by impressive Hearts stopper McFarlane on the rebound, while also recapturing the ball and putting one down to create a chance for Wilson, which was denied. Ure was confident he had scored his side's second goal just before Wilson finally doubled the lead, but he was unlucky enough to be flagged for offside driving away to celebrate. A lively performance from another youngster who seems to have a lot to offer. It was a difficult shift for him at times, especially in the first half where service was hard to come by.


Latest UEFA Europa League result, goals and updates from the match

RB Leipzig vs Rangers LIVE: Latest UEFA Europa League results, goals and in-game updates - Follow all the action at the Red Bull Arena (Author: Gardener)

RB LeipzigThis website uses cookies for analytics, personalized content and ads. By continuing to browse this site, you agree to this use. Please use a supported version for the best MSN experience. RB Leipzig vs Rangers LIVE: Latest UEFA Europa League results, goals and in-game updates Follow live coverage as RB Leipzig take on Rangers in the UEFA Europa League today. The second tier of European football's competition is no less exciting than its bigger brother, the Champions League, in which some of the best the continent has to offer compete for titles every year. Formerly the UEFA Cup, the Europa League sees teams qualify either via their domestic league in the previous season or by finishing third in the Champions League group before progressing to the knockout rounds of the tournament came.Seville are record holders with six wins, the most recent of which came in 2020 by beating Inter Milan in the final.English sides have traditionally performed well with Liverpool (3), Tottenham (2) and Chelsea (2) all previous winners. We're bringing you all the action and updates from today's game in the live blog below: 8:37pm, admin 8:35pm, admin 8:33pm, admin attempt blocked. Angeliño (RB Leipzig) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. 20:31 , admin attempt failed. Connor Goldson (Rangers) header from the center of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Borna Barisic with a cross from a corner. Scott Wright (Rangers) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Konrad Laimer (RB Leipzig) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Christopher Nkunku. Christopher Nkunku (RB Leipzig) right footed shot from the center of the box is blocked. 20:06 , Admin offside, RB Leipzig. 20:02 , admin attempt blocked. 20:02 , admin attempt blocked. 20:02 , admin attempt blocked. Konrad Laimer (RB Leipzig) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. 17:00 , admin Whether it's the Premier League, Champions League, a European Championship or the World Cup, we'll keep you up to date with everything you need to know. We have the latest results, goals and updates as well as analysis and reactions to the game here. West Ham vs Frankfurt LIVE: Latest Europa League results & updates as Antonio equalizes after early Knauff goal Man Utd vs Chelsea LIVE: Latest Premier League results & updates as Cristiano Ronaldo equalizes


Europa League semi-finals, first leg – live!

Minute-by-minute report: Will either team get a handle on this clash in Germany? Join Nick Ames (Author: Gardener)

Europa LeagueThis website uses cookies for analytics, personalized content and ads. By continuing to browse this site, you agree to this use. You are using an older browser version. Please use a supported version for the best MSN experience. Minute-by-minute report: Will either team get a handle on this clash in Germany? 5 mins: West Ham scored within a minute against Eintracht... 4 mins: Rangers need to 'pick their moments' to attack here I think. 2 min: Rangers, all in blue, step left to right. After a gust of early pressure, they calm down and McGregor has the ball. Leipzig are right up front here. I have to say the atmosphere there sounds really great. Rangers fans were seen and heard in large numbers around town throughout the afternoon. It feels like a return to the biggest stage, or close - what a night this is for them! Rangers fans enjoying themselves before the game. The teams are out! 4,000 Rangers fans let the ceiling rise. Then there's the small matter of West Ham versus Eintracht Frankfurt – we couldn't have managed a Hammers-Rangers final... Van Bronckhorst: “We don't get many chances to be in a final. We've prepared well and I'm very proud of my players for reaching this stage. Our players believe they've trained well, seem very focused and we'll play in a great atmosphere against a good team. We want to enjoy that too.” Rangers are exhausted in attack today – Alfredo Morelos is of course out, as is Kemar Roofe. Fashion Sakala might have been expected to start at the top, but instead Van Bronckhorst has teamed up with Scott Wright - who appears to be trying to reach Leipzig with pace and mobility at the counter. Did he do it right? Is RB Leipzig tired? Giovanni van Bronckhorst doesn't have many of those old tricks. It has been 14 years since Rangers last played in a European semi-final. Tonight they're back in our not particularly newfangled Europa League – and they're temptingly close to making history again. They meet RB Leipzig, which had not even been formed when Rangers left in 2008. It's not going to be easy, but fourth in the Bundesliga may not have quite the luster of years past... and Rangers can play the second leg at home. So as long as there are no disasters tonight, maybe next time the Ibrox crowd can see them at home. Rangers are underdogs, sure - but they've done an incredible job to get this far and you can't fight them now. "We're not attacking Russia," Biden says as he pleads for $33 billion in aid to Ukraine — live


Everton's confused strategy has infected both their men's and women's teams

The teams are third from bottom of their divisions after high spending, poor recruitment and leadership changes (Author: Gardener)

EvertonIt's no coincidence that Everton's men's and women's teams suffer from confused strategy and underperformance. The two teams sit third-bottom in their respective divisions after heavy spending, poor recruiting and leadership changes - the women being their third manager of the season. Rafa Benítez was signed before the start of the campaign to manage the men's side but after failing to make the desired impact he was replaced by Frank Lampard after six and a half months. The two managers have very different styles, which leaves questions about long-term strategy. The Spaniard likes his teams to be disciplined and defensively rigid, while at Derby and Chelsea Lampard was known for an attacking philosophy where his teams sought to outplay their opponents. At Everton, Lampard has had to adapt to the players available to him - we've seen them act in an unprecedented style against Manchester City and Liverpool, but by the end of the season they have to do it. Benítez and Lampard have been paralyzed by past mistakes. Everton have spent more than £500m on players since Farhad Moshiri bought the club in 2016 but that spending is over. Everton were in a position in January where they couldn't get the players they needed because they had made wrong purchases earlier. All Everton have to do is look across the street at Anfield, where they spent less but targeted the right people who made a difference. Everton's men are bottom of the away table, securing six points on the road all season. I don't know if it's a tactical thing - if they lined up completely differently and it didn't work - or if they have such a good crowd at Goodison that it inspires the players and they can't get to the level at home . You can't rely on your home form to get 40 points. There could also be a psychological barrier: players will read these stats and feel better about Goodison, and it will filter through the squad. In the women's division, Everton invested heavily over the summer in a quest for a top-three finish in the women's Super League. The reality is that they play the last games of the season with an interim manager. Those defeats came against Manchester City, Chelsea and Arsenal, arguably the best teams in the league. Kirk's replacement, Jean-Luc Vasseur, offered a different style after managing Lyon, where he was used to working with women's football's Galácticos, and winning a Champions League. The Frenchman completed 10 games at Everton. He was trying to put his ideas into a squad that wasn't of the same standard as Lyon's, so his methods didn't work and he wasn't given the time either. It raises more strategic questions when a manager is fired after such a short period of time. The women's team is safe, but all they want to do is head into the summer and wait for Brian Sørensen to take the reins. When players go to Euros they look forward to a break and hope to be in full form when they return. The men will fight hard to stay on top and are desperately hoping results will come their way so they can refresh and rebuild under Lampard. What happens on the men's side affects women and vice versa. When I was at Arsenal the men's side were very happy for us when we did well and joked when we did better than them in certain seasons. It was the same with Chelsea; When the men won we were really proud and when we won they were really proud. I felt massively part of the club - it wasn't the men's and women's teams, it was Arsenal, it was Chelsea - and I was really proud of that. If Everton's men go under it could affect both sides' finances, which should be a major concern if the women feel the effects. With past mistakes biting Everton, they need a clear strategy for the summer. The short-term aim is to ensure the men stay in the Premier League, but long-term planning needs to be less of a mess or Everton risk repeating their mistakes.