While Rangers’ performance and result last night met with a great deal of (deserved) praise, a further stat has emerged to emphasise just how significant a victory this was.
As we know, Osijek are a very decent team indeed, and knocked out Dutch giants PSV in this competition at this stage last year; overcoming them was anything but a given and a huge upgrade over beating Macedonians Shkupi.
However, a stand out fact has appeared to further provide a clue as to the gravity of this win, and more pertinently, the nature of it.
The date 28th of September 2000 probably doesn’t leap out to anyone on its own, but if we add to it the fact that was the last time Osijek failed to score at home in the Europa League (then the Uefa Cup) on any level gives an indication of how hard it is to get a clean sheet as a visiting side.
Almost two decades have passed since any side (back then it was Danish side Brondby) went to Osijek and prevented them from scoring, giving some real idea as to the difficulty of travelling there, period, and the further treacherous nature of getting a shut out.
Rangers managed a huge win last night, no denying it, and while the job is only half done, the hardest part is already past us.