So just where DOES Rangers’ giant-killing win over Borussia Dortmund rank in the history of the club’s results?
The obvious contenders are Barca 72, Lyon 2007, Florence 2008 and Leeds 1992. Some might argue Parma 99.
Let’s be clear – Borussia are one of Europe’s top 10 clubs. Literally, they’re 11th right now based on the last 10 years of European football. Only the absolute elite are in front of them, in Real, Bayern, Barca, Juve, Chelsea, Atletico, PSG, City, Utd and Liverpool.
Next lie Borussia.
So do not understate how good Borussia are.
So where does beating them with ease on their own patch lie?
Barca 72 was incredible, but what’s overlooked was the route to beating Moscow in the final included mighty Bayern. Rangers beat some tough sides en-route.
Leeds was… magical. The English champions were expected to slaughter us, only for Rangers to secure a well-deserved 4-2 win. Sound familiar? Mark Hateley also scored one of Rangers’ greatest-ever European goals.
Lyon was big, and they were the Jacques Santini, PLG and Houllier Lyon that won tonnes of league titles in a row and were the PSG of their day. We absolutely blew them away. Daniel Cousin owned them, then DaMarcus Beasley laughed at them. That one was spectacular.
And then Florence. Fiorentina aren’t, and weren’t a true European goliath. It was a big night, a historical night for its implications, but Fiorentina are no Milan, Inter or Juve.
Lastly we’ll look at Parma. They were a massive team when we faced them, with some world class players who would go onto be legends. And we tonked them at Ibrox. No one on earth expected that night.
So, where does it compare?
Honestly, it’s pretty much the biggest single night result Rangers have probably ever had, for both the calibre of opposition, quality of competition, and the fact it wasn’t at home.
We beat one of the top 10 (ok ok, 11) sides in the world with ease. They were only missing their star striker but had more than enough quality to put us away. Supposedly. They were nowhere near doing so.
This isn’t to undermine any of those incredible past European nights – they were all incredible and deserve their places. But this one was another level.
We just beat one of Europe’s best teams on their own patch.