Rangers boss Giovanni van Bronckhorst admits it will be difficult but they must pick themselves up for the Scottish Cup Final after suffering Europa League heartbreak against Eintracht Frankfurt.
The Gers suffered a 5-4 penalty shootout defeat against the Bundesliga side in the final in Seville. Van Bronckhorst admits the players are low following the loss but they have to pick themselves up. Hearts are next up in the Scottish Cup final and it will take some effort to go again.
Rangers were ahead in normal time thanks to Joe Aribo‘s 57th-minute strike. But the lead lasted just 12 minutes as Rafael Borre equalised for the Germans. Extra-time could not separate the two sides and it was left to penalties to decide the outcome.
Much to the anguish of Rangers Aaron Ramsey missed the only spot-kick as Frankfurt took the shoot-out 5-4.
Van Bronckhorst has experienced heartbreak as a player and now as a coach. And it will take all his experience to lift the players for the weekend.
The Europa League final ran past midnight local time. Now they have just a few days to recover both mentally and physically for the Hearts clash. They have not lifted the Scottish Cup since 2009 so that should be motivation enough.
“It’s difficult [to pick the players up for the Scottish Cup final],” he told BT Sport. “It’s short days because we play on Saturday. But we will have to face this challenge as well. The emotions are very down but we have to change that quickly to be prepared for Saturday.
“When you don’t win the emotions go from possibly very high to very low. I’ve had those moments in my career, losing big games, losing the World Cup final. It hurts. For us it’s now to look ahead. It’s difficult but we have to make sure we’re ready for Saturday. A big game against Hearts for the cup.”
Rangers must start again
Rangers have not experienced European glory in 50 years. Trying to get back to the final next year will be hard to say the least but Van Bronkchorst says they will rebuild and get ready to go again.
“Next season we have to start all over again,” he added. “We came so far because we played well, we had the belief. But next year it starts again. It’s not certain we’ll be on this level.
“We’re going to work hard and make sure we develop as a team and we want to be on this stage. Next year we have to do it again and we’ll work hard to get silverware next season.”