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Sir Kenny Dalglish: Rangers v West Ham in Seville? That wouldn’t surprise me

Borna Barisic and Davie Moyes were delighted by their teams’ success in the Europa League.
Borna Barisic and Davie Moyes were delighted by their teams’ success in the Europa League.

What a week it was in Europe for British football.

Rangers, once again, produced the goods in Europe, and their win against Braga was well-deserved.

They now have a mouthwatering semi-final against RB Leipzig, and stand just 180 minutes away from the Europa League Final on May 18.

I believe they can get there, and be in Seville for the showpiece occasion. And I wouldn’t be surprised if they are up against West Ham.

Davie Moyes got a brilliant win in Lyon, and they now face Eintracht Frankfurt.

The big Glaswegian, quite rightly, was delighted at full-time, and it turned out to be a fantastic 48 hours for the game on both sides of the border.

Liverpool and Manchester City booked their place in the Champions League semi-finals. City play Real Madrid and we will play Villarreal.

City can definitely beat Carlo Ancelotti’s men, and Jurgen Klopp can get the better of the other Spanish side.

However, nothing can be taken for granted. Villarreal took the scalp of Bayern Munich, and that was some achievement.

Unai Emery knows how to win games in Europe. He is tactically astute, and goes into great detail on the opposition.

It will be a fascinating contest, and I hope it leads to Liverpool being in the Final next month.

Could it be an all Premier League clash? Of course it could.

To round it off, Leicester City defeated PSV Eindhoven in the Europa Conference League and they face Roma in the semi-finals.

Brendan Rodgers will be looking to go all the way, and lift that new European trophy.

Giovanni van Bronckhorst will be feeling the same. With Barcelona out of the tournament, you could say it has opened the Europa League right up.

But they have a massive game before the first leg on Thursday night, and it is at Hampden Park this afternoon.

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Giovanni van Bronckhorst

They play Celtic in the Scottish Cup semi-final and they come into the game on a high and full of confidence.

Several players were bang on it last midweek, and the likes of Borna Barisic made a decisive contribution.

He has always had a lovely left foot, and can whip in some special deliveries from out wide.

His form has dipped, and he hasn’t been able to hold down a regular place since Giovanni came in. But, if fit, he should play today.

Aaron Ramsey also played a significant role against the Portuguese, and it will be the same again today. He has to start this game.

Giovanni wanted someone to fill the void left by the injury to Alfredo Morelos, and Kemar Roofe certainly stepped up.

He was first-class in the game, and looks as though he is going to score every time he plays. He just needs good service from his team-mates.

But let’s not forget the ability in the Celtic side. They have been brilliant recently, and scored seven goals against St Johnstone last weekend.

Some of the play produced by the Hoops was exhilarating. Ange Postecoglou must have been thrilled as the goals went in.

There was also the added bonus of Kyogo Furuhashi coming back from injury, and getting some minutes under his belt. It looks as though the Japanese player is going to start.

He has been brilliant. Indeed, his fellow countrymen, Daizen Maeda and Reo Hatate, have also been out of the top drawer.

They have lit up the Celtic team even more, and credit to the manager for identifying them, and for the Hoops hierarchy for backing his judgment.

So it is all set up for an absolute cracker at the National Stadium, and we could all be in for a treat.

With Celtic having a full week to prepare and Rangers going into extra-time on Thursday, that could all be crucial in the outcome.

That’s part of the reason why I fancy my old club to come out on top today.

They have beaten Rangers in the last two Old Firm games, and they seem to be able to find a way in this fixture.

Giovanni has yet to taste a win against his club’s biggest rivals as the Ibrox manager, and will need to come up with solutions today to change that pattern.

Let’s see what both sides produce. Enjoy the game!