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It has been slightly below 14 years since arguably one of many largest European outcomes by a Scottish aspect.
Rangers travelled to face a star-studded Lyon in October 2007 for a Champions League group stage encounter as underdogs, however pulled off a shocking 3-Zero win.
The edges go head-to-head for the primary time since that marketing campaign at Ibrox on Thursday, with Steven Gerrard’s males hoping to rekindle the spirit of Walter Smith’s aspect.
Right here, BBC Scotland revisits that well-known evening in France with former Rangers right-back Alan Hutton.
Stuttgart victory builds Rangers perception
The 2007 summer time switch window ended with Lyon dropping quite a few their prized property – together with Eric Abidal and Florent Malouda, who departed for Barcelona and Chelsea, respectively.
However a proficient squad featured the likes of Brazilian set-piece grasp Juninho, Italy full-back Fabio Grosso and a younger Karim Benzema.
The Ibrox males had already proven promise of their early European excursions, coming by qualifying in opposition to FK Zeta and Crimson Star Belgrade earlier than combating again to safe a gap group win at house to Stuttgart.
“It is one thing that lives lengthy on my reminiscence,” stated Hutton. “We had such a great outcome in opposition to Stuttgart, it constructed confidence.
“Lyon have been champions that yr. That they had high quality gamers and we knew it was going to be a troublesome job, however we had self perception. Being younger, I used to be fearless. You respect these guys, however you wished to indicate that you simply deserved to be on the stage with them.”
‘One in all my finest moments in a Rangers jersey’
Scotland’s iconic win in Paris weeks earlier than had Rangers dreaming they might additionally defy the chances in France. These desires began turning into a actuality 23 minutes in when Lee McCulloch bulleted in a header to spark bedlam among the many Rangers assist.
The away finish would go from delirium to disbelief after the break as a rocket of a end from Daniel Cousin from a Hutton cross was rapidly adopted by a Rangers third from DaMarcus Beasley.
“You attempt to silence the gang and maintain possession,” stated Hutton. “I keep in mind groups popping out that season and saying we have been enjoying anti-football. It sticks in my thoughts.
“However we did present that once we attacked we did it with objective. I keep in mind I had a driving run down the appropriate aspect and received a nook for the primary objective. It silenced the gang and allowed us to construct momentum.
“To attain these targets simply after half-time actually settled us down. You are considering ‘I am unable to see them scoring 4’.”
Regardless of surges of Lyon stress and two trademark Juninho strikes cannoning off Allan McGregor’s crossbar, the guests noticed the sport out with a clear sheet to go together with their three-goals – a successful margin even supervisor Smith admitted he couldn’t have envisaged pre-match.
“It was one in all my finest moments in a Rangers jersey,” stated former Rangers, Spurs and Scotland full-back Hutton.
“Every thing got here collectively for me. Walter Smith allowed me to go and specific myself from inside video games and get ahead to attempt to create alternatives. To be barely concerned within the first objective however to be part of the second was nice.
“We have been large underdogs as fourth seeds, they have been the massive hitters. I feel they have been simply surprised and would by no means have foreseen that taking place.”
One level from back-to-back video games in opposition to Barcelona and a visit to Stuttgart arrange a winner-takes-all showdown in opposition to Lyon at Ibrox within the closing group fixture.
However the French aspect received their revenge, reversing the scoreline they suffered three months prior, because of an early objective from France winger Sidney Govou and a late Benzema brace.
Whereas defeat ended Rangers’ Champions League dream, a third-place end ensured passage to the Uefa Cup.
Smith’s aspect would go on to take pleasure in extra well-known European nights as they progressed all the best way to the ultimate, the place they have been crushed on the final hurdle by Zenit St Petersburg in Manchester.
Can Gerrard’s males roll again years?
Lyon are actually within the shadow of glory in France – having gone 13 years with out a league title – and maybe don’t carry the identical calibre of participant as yesteryear, however the Ligue 1 aspect nonetheless boast a tasty-looking squad.
Former Celtic striker Moussa Dembele will likely be absent by damage however highly-rated midfielder Houssem Aouar and summer time signings Jerome Boateng from Bayern Munich and Xherdan Shaqiri from Liverpool add to a formidable aspect on paper.
After a shaky begin to the season, Rangers have 5 wins from their final six video games – with Saturday’s comeback victory at St Johnstone placing Gerrard’s males prime of the Scottish Premiership.
As for Lyon, the French guests at the moment sit seventh of their home league with simply two wins from their opening 5.
“A few of Rangers’ finest performances [under Steven Gerrard] have come on these Thursday nights,” added Hutton. “He’ll need the identical rise up and go.
“[Allan McGregor] is sort of a effective wine, he retains getting higher. Yearly he tells me that is the final yr, however he retains rolling himself on the market making huge moments with big saves.
“He’ll must have an enormous efficiency. They will have their huge moments, however going the opposite means, Rangers will want the likes of Alfredo Morelos to be on prime kind as properly.”
With a packed Ibrox, would possibly one other memorable European evening be on the horizon?
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