Malmo manager Jon Dahl Tomasson has managed to praise and troll Rangers in the same sentence, in an attempt at gamesmanship before tonight’s massive clash at Ibrox.
The former Milan striker, who played with such distinction in his career, has done a decent job at the Swedish giants, and was asked in his presser about his thoughts on the second leg.
Interestingly he gushed with praise and happiness to see Rangers ‘back where they belong’ [at the top level of the CL] and seemed genuinely pleased a club the size of Rangers had fought against adversity to regain our footing.
He also downplayed Malmo, bigging Rangers up as the favourites by a distance.
However, it was his comments on ‘pressure’ that was the clear troll, stating, not even hinting, that Rangers need the money a tonne from getting into the group stage.
Instead of referring to the prestige of getting to the group stage, JDT’s cynicism in emphasising the financial rewards that he labelled as so important to Rangers (with a bit of a grin and self-praise that it was ‘a good answer’) really was a little dig at his opponent, with most media outlets describing his comments as ‘mischievous’.
The financial rewards might be something for us fans to refer to, but for managers to bring it up as an incentive for their opponent is very much provocative, and just further reason for Rangers to stick it up our guests by winning on the football pitch, not in the bank.
As Ibrox Noise’s Derek and Kevin have both preached to within an inch of their lives, the Ibrox crowd will be critical tonight. There just cannot be any negativity, no booing – we need raucious cheering, applause, support and to be the absolute 12th man the fans are at our home.
We need to intimidate Malmo and get on their backs, not on our own players’.
And send trolls like Tomasson back from where they came.