Rangers have been urged to heed history’s warning against Dortmund as the club legend tells them to finish the job.

ARTHUR NEWMAN urged the Rangers to heed the warnings of history as they look to finish what they started in Germany.

Giovanni van Bronkhorst’s team stunned Borussia Dortmund last week to take a 4-2 lead after the first leg.


Rangers celebrate 3-0 victory last week
Dortmund Beat Rangers On Penalties In 1999.


Dortmund beat Rangers on penalties in 1999.

But Numan knows exactly how dangerous a two-goal lead against the German giants can be after suffering heartache in his second match in 1999.

Dick Advocaat’s side were two points away after an incredible first leg at Ibrox but lost at the Westfalenstadion and were eventually knocked out of the UEFA Cup on penalties.

Numan warned that a place in the 1/8 finals of the Europa League this time is up for grabs.

The Ibrox legend, who won ten trophies with Rangers, warned: “Borussia Dortmund will react. There is no doubt about this.

“I watched the first game and the Rangers played very well. I didn’t expect them to play so well against a team like Dortmund, but then no one did.

Borussia are a great team, especially at home, so it was a fantastic win.

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“I don’t know, maybe they underestimated the Rangers a little. But it was also a wake-up call.

“You can see it because at the weekend they beat Borussia Mönchengladbach 6-0 in the Bundesliga.

“They will have to come and attack. They will have to come to Ibrox and try.

“But Dortmund also understands that the move to Ibrox will not be easy for them.

“The atmosphere these evenings is always incredible.

“I have experienced this in my own career. At Old Firm games and at European nights, the atmosphere at Ibrox is always special.

“You are standing in a tunnel, you hear a noise and you feel a tingle running through your whole body. That’s all Dortmund players will have to face.

“When you play with top teams like Bayern Munich or Borussia Dortmund, the atmosphere seems to rise to a new level.

“So Rangers can make it work for them on Thursday, especially since Dortmund know they need to score two goals.”

Back in 1999, an own goal by Jurgen Kohler put Gers ahead in the third round before Numan played his part in one of the team’s greatest goals.

Rod Wallace completed an incredible move built on 23 passes.

Numan recalled: “What a goal it was. Just unbelieveble.

“It was probably the best team goal I have ever been involved in.

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“I think there were about 22 or 23 assists in the buildup. I gave the ball to Jörg Albertz who hit the ball and Wallace scored. Even now, Rangers fans stop and ask me about that goal.

“They always say that the football we played at the time was incredible.

“It’s always good to hear.”

Unfortunately for Numan and Gers, the goal didn’t count as Borussia set up a second leg equalizer in stoppage time.

The Germans predictably won the shootout, with Numan and current Gers manager Van Bronkhorst both missing.

Numan, 52, added: “It was incredible. They scored in the 92nd minute.

“Their goalkeeper Jens Lehmann took a corner but was saved.

“We lost the penalty shootout and were relegated.

“I always feel very sorry when I think about the games we played in Europe.

“With the Rangers team, we had to do better.

“We didn’t get past Dortmund and it was the same when we played Bayern Munich in the Champions League.

“We played them off the field in Munich, hit the post and Michael Mols got injured.

“I remember we drew 2-2 with AS Monaco at Ibrox in another important game that we should have won.

“Therefore, it was always a great regret for me that we could not go further and achieve more.

“For these players, this is a huge opportunity to play against a team like Dortmund.

“They have already shown that they can beat them.

“They have already shown that they can compete. So they will gain confidence from the first game on Thursday night.

“Not that the Rangers are lucky. They played very well all 90 minutes.

“But it’s definitely going to be a different game.”

Gers has had remarkable European results in their history and Numan has no doubt that last Thursday’s 4-2 win is as good as the best.

However, the former Dutch national team player believes that now it does not mean anything.


He said: “I’m sure everyone is looking forward to the second leg.

“It will be a great evening in Glasgow. The Rangers will know they still have work to do.

“When you think of the great German teams, you always think of Dortmund and Bayern Munich, which is why everyone is still talking about the Rangers victory last week.

“It was a shock to a lot of people. But on Thursday the game starts all over again. Rangers need to concentrate.

“They need to focus on their work and if they make it to the next round it will be a remarkable achievement.”

l Arthur Numan will be in Glasgow next week with fellow Dutchmen Ronald and Frank de Boer when they take the stage with Chris Boyd and Graeme Souness at the 5Stars event in Armadillo. The last few remaining tickets are available at

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