Rangers boss Giovanni van Bronckhorst has backed his players to handle the pressure in the heat of Seville tonight and become European heroes.
And he believes the support of the travelling fans — 100,000 of whom have made the trip to Spain — can help drive them to Europa League glory.
They face German side Eintracht Frankfurt in the final this evening, aiming to land their first European trophy since 1972.
On the eve of the club’s biggest game in half a century, Van Bronckhorst was handed a major boost after striker Kemar Roofe was declared fit. Van Bronckhorst feels his players are ready to make history tonight.
“I think the players know how important this game is. Really, I don’t think this team needs any more motivation,” he said.
Rangers are underdogs against a Frankfurt side that beat Barcelona and West Ham en route to Seville. However, Van Bronckhorst feels they can handle the heat — even with temperatures hitting the mid-30s.
He added: “If you play big games and finals, you get so much attention but I think we have to make sure we are concentrating on our game.
“We have done it for so many games before this game, and tomorrow will be the same.
“Of course it is a big game, it comes with pressure. You have the ability and the chance to win a major prize, but in any top sport you have to have a little bit of pressure to perform well, and that is what we have to do.”
Rangers’ best performances have come at Ibrox this season, where they overturned first-leg deficits in the last two rounds against Braga and Leipzig.
However, Van Bronckhorst is confident the fans’ support can give the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan stadium a home feel. Rangers have 9,500 tickets but could have closer to 20,000 inside, with tens of thousands more in the city.
“It will be a factor because our fans are supporting us really well,” he said. “Of course Ibrox is a huge factor in the ties we’ve played in Europe. We knew to get a good result away from home and take back to Ibrox, that we were capable of winning.
“Of course the final is different because it is only one game and we play in Seville. It’s different but still I think you will hear them a lot tomorrow — our fans — and I think our performance can be good as well.”
Rangers lost the 2008 Uefa Cup final against Zenit St Petersburg in Manchester, but can emulate the side that beat Dynamo Moscow in the 1972 European Cup Winners’ Cup final — their last Euro triumph — tonight.
Van Bronckhorst admits the chance to make history is huge, adding: “I feel very proud to be manager of this team and even prouder to take the boys into the final. It is a huge opportunity for us to get a second major prize in our history in Europe for this club. We are very determined to bring the trophy back with us.”