Rangers boss Van Bronkhorst wants to exorcise the ghosts of 1999 Dortmund, says former teammate Adamczuk

DARIUSZ ADAMCHUK insists that Giovanni van Bronkhorst will still be after Dortmund in 1999.

But the former Rangers ace backs his old teammate to exorcise those ghosts at Ibrox on Thursday.

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Van Bronkhorst missed the shootout shootout when Gers last faced the German giants in Europe.

The Rangers lost a two-goal lead from the first match – with the current boss and fellow countryman Artur Numan, the guys get into the penalty spot.

Adamczuk was part of Dick Advocaat’s team that night and he believes the knockout style in the UEFA Cup will hurt Van Bronkhorst anyway.

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However, the former Poland international does not see history repeating itself this time around after Rangers’ 4-2 victory at the Westfalenstadion last week.

He said SunSport: “Knowing Giovanni, he will never forget that night 23 years ago. He will remember how he missed a penalty in ’99 and he wants to fix it. He is who he is.

“Thursday night is a great opportunity for him and the Rangers to do this, and I’m sure he will think about it.

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“Even for me, this loss still hurts. We did so well against the German teams that season, but we were just unlucky.

“We were better against Bayern Munich in the Champions League but lost 1-0.

“Then we faced another German team in Dortmund when we got into the UEFA Cup and that was another time we were so unlucky.

“Losing the equalizer in the 92nd minute and then losing on penalties was tough.

“Borussia Dortmund were a first-class team back then, and they are now.

“They are only six points behind leaders Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga, so it was an incredible result for Rangers to eliminate them 4-2.

“Giovanni has learned from ’99 and I’m sure he’ll be celebrating this time around.”

A place in the round of 16 of the Europa League is up for grabs, with Rangers aiming to qualify for this stage of the competition for the third year in a row.

The Ibrox team regularly dined at the top table of European football during Adamchuk’s three years at the club.

The 52-year-old has watched Rangers rebuild their reputation on the continent from his native Poland, and he firmly believes they are now a force to be feared once again.

Adamchuk added: “Rangers have come a long way since losing their first game in Europe to Progres Niederkorn of Luxembourg.

“But the last four years have been exceptional.

“Stephen Gerrard has done a wonderful job and now Giovanni continues to do a great job.


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“The result of last week was something out of the ordinary. I watched the chances and the goals and it was incredible against a really good European team.

“I always expected Giovanni to be the manager because he is a smart guy.

“He was always quite quiet in the dressing room, but he was very thoughtful about the game.

“He was a super intelligent player and you can see the same qualities as a coach.”

While Adamchuk expects his old side to end up at Ibrox, he doesn’t expect a fanatical approach.

Van Bronkhorst moved into the back five for the last 30 minutes in Germany last week trying to counter Dortmund’s powerful attacking threat and Adamczuk believes they need to be careful again tonight.

He said: “It’s good for the Rangers that a draw will be enough for them.

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“I think Giovanni will consider setting up his team more defensively. A two-goal dribble sounds comfortable, but I know how quickly that can change.

“Giovanni is a shrewd guy and he knows that an extra defensive player will make sense.

“Playing the second leg at home in front of your fans is also a big advantage.

“I have so many great memories of big European nights and the crowd really inspires you.”

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