Belfast Telegraph

Monday 28 July 2014

Rangers ready for Ronaldinho as Celtic gun for mighty Milan

Rangers captain Barry Ferguson can't wait to take on the brilliance of Barcelona

The Ibrox midfielder was in sparkling form today, as he and his team were last night during their sensational 3-0 victory away to Lyon in the Champions League.

After beating Stuttgart 2-1 at home in their first group game, most Teddy Bears would have gladly settled for a point against the French champions, but they came away with all three thanks to goals from Lee McCulloch, Daniel Cousin and DaMarcus Beasley.

Next up for Rangers is a double header with Barcelona who, like Walter Smith's side, have maximum points from their opening two matches, having also beaten Lyon and Stuttgart.

Barca easily overcame the German side 2-0 last night and will bring with them superstars Ronaldinho, Thierry Henry and Lionel Messi and a host of other top class players to Ibrox on October 23.

Ferguson said: "When the draw was made we knew we were going to have some great games to play in, none more so than taking on Barcelona.

"And now after beating Lyon, it is going to be even better.

"Barcelona are an exceptional team and we can't wait to take them on, home and away."

Ferguson described Rangers' victory over Lyon in Stade Gerland as one of the best nights of his career.

Ferguson, who helped Scotland beat France 1-0 in Paris last month in their Euro 2008 qualifier, said: "It doesn't get any better than this. It was a great performance and a great result.

"When all is said and done, this is the best result I've had with Rangers. Remember, we were playing a team that has won the French league for the last six seasons and is top again now."

McCulloch added: "Barcelona won't be easy - but if we show the grit we showed against Lyon we won't be too far away."

Celtic will hope to make it two glorious nights in a row for Scottish football this evening when they take on the might of Champions League holders AC Milan.

The Italians, who have won the tournament seven times, have had a poor start to their Serie A season and are without a win since the opening day. In Europe though, they generally deliver.

Celtic, after losing to Shakhtar Donetsk in the first group game, know that they must take something from the match to have a decent chance of progressing.

To do that they must stop Brazilian superstar Kaka, described by Bhoys boss Gordon Strachan as a "genius".

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