The comical and slightly bitter irony of Rangers’ European draw is not lost on us…
Not only do Rangers face the Imps, famous and joyful conquerors of Celtic which led to Rodgers’ diabolical run in Europe during his time at Parkhead, but they head back to Gibraltar for the second time in two years as they did last summer to St Joseph’s.
And of course, the further delicious irony of likely facing serial European ‘nemeses’ Process Unicorn for the third time in four years in the next round.
Let’s face it, Steven Gerrard’s Rangers have been world class in Europe. Punching well above their weight, we’ve put away major names of continental competition like Porto, Legia, Feyenoord, Rapid etc etc and time and time again this club has been a side no one in the UEL wants to face.
Borna Barisic was the leading assist king in the group stage, and of course wantaway striker Morelos was top scorer, so Rangers are a club with major credibility at this level.
Frankly we should be a group stage team by default, but certain other clubs in Scotland keep mucking up their European performances so the co-efficient just keeps getting battered.
But Rangers will face the Imps, then almost certainly the Unicorns.
And if that’s not everything coming full circle, we don’t know what is.