Gary Lineker has heaped praise on Rangers and manager Steven Gerrard after the Light Blues qualified for the knockout stages of the Europa League with a 1-1 draw against Young Boys – and joked about the General Election at the same time.
Rangers needed just a draw against Swiss side Young Boys on Thursday to reach the knockout phase for Rangers. It is the first time the Gers have had European football after Christmas since 2011, highlighting Rangers’ enormous growth under Gerrard.
The first half suggested that Rangers would go on to nab all three points at Ibrox and beat Young Boys. Alfredo Morelos should have been awarded a penalty, before he slid home his sixth group stage goal to put Rangers 1-0 up.
But instead of looking to double their tally in the second half, Rangers allowed Young Boys to attack. It saw the Swiss side finally equalise in the 89th minute, as Borna Barisic agonisingly slid the ball into his own net.
It was harsh on the Croat, who was excellent once again throughout the match. Ryan Jack was sent off in injury time for a second yellow card – though it makes little difference, given only one yellow would have seen him earn a one-match ban.
Gary Lineker reacted on Twitter to the news that Rangers had qualified for the last 32. He used Boris Johnson and the Conservatives’ convincing General Election win, to jokily congratulate Rangers and Gerrard.
Great win for the blue side. It’s the first time since 2011 that @RangersFC have qualified for the European knockout stage.
— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) December 12, 2019