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Minnows' upset against Rangers still makes me cry: Gilgemann

 

By Andy Newport

Progres Niederkorn director Thomas Gilgemann confessed he is still moved to tears by his side's historic win over Rangers in 2017.

The German helped mastermind the minnows from Luxembourg's biggest ever victory two years ago when they dumped Pedro Caixinha's Gers out of the Europa League.

The incredible result at the Stade Josy Barthel sparked scenes of joy inside and out, and even now Gilgemann admits he gets emotional looking back at footage of his team's win.

The former Progres captain said: "After the game, inside the stadium, outside the stadium and in all the city of Luxembourg I saw people I didn't know or hadn't seen.

"Everybody came to celebrate with the club, it was a beautiful night. I didn't realise the importance of the victory on the night.

"The day after I opened my phone and I had so many messages. I cried because I had so many pictures and memories. I've cried many times when I see the videos."

Gilgemann knows Rangers are a different beast with Steven Gerrard in charge but he warned the former Liverpool skipper his side have improved too.

And he is refusing to rule out a repeat shock.

"Yes we can do it again," said the Progres chief, whose side will be without 2017 match winner Olivier Thill due to injury.

"We want to win. We want to make our best to have a new qualification against Rangers.

"But it's not the same situation. Rangers are a different team and Rangers at the moment are better than two years ago."

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