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Men's Football Van Bronckhorst reminds Gers of the importance of teamwork ahead of Europa League final

RANGERS manager Giovanni van Bronckhorst has reminded his players of the importance of teamwork and playing to their strengths in Wednesday night’s Europa League final.

The Glasgow club have proven they belong on the big stage in Europe with impressive performances, including a 4-2 win at Borussia Dortmund and a 3-0 home triumph over Red Star Belgrade.

The Light Blues have overcome first-leg deficits in the previous two rounds, against Braga and RB Leipzig, and can now take European silverware back to Ibrox for the first time since 1972 when they take on Eintracht Frankfurt in Seville.

“I’m very proud to be there with my team and it’s a big chance to win a major trophy,” Van Bronckhorst told Rangers TV. “In the end, everything is based on your quality. That’s the most important thing, to make sure you play to your strengths.”

The two German teams Rangers have already beaten finished in the top four in the Bundesliga while Frankfurt came a lowly 11th. But the finalists have saved their best form for Europe this season, beating the likes of Barcelona and West Ham.

“They are a good team,” Van Bronckhorst said. “They are physically strong, they have pace up front, they are really good defending. Their overall performances in Europe have been fantastic.”

Kemar Roofe handed Rangers fans a boost by joining the squad on the flight to Seville on Monday.

The striker suffered a knee injury when Rangers beat Celtic in the Scottish Cup semi-final on April 17 and Van Bronckhorst admitted last week that it would be a close call when asked about his fitness prospects for the clash with Frankfurt.

With top goalscorer Alfredo Morelos out for the season with a thigh injury, Rangers have started the likes of midfielder Joe Aribo and wide attacker Fashion Sakala in the centre-forward role in recent weeks.

Cedric Itten started up front as an under-strength Rangers team beat Hearts on Saturday, but previously the Switzerland international had not started a game since January and had barely featured off the bench.

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