“I was there as a Rangers supporter, but when I saw how much enthusiasm the fans of Union provided, I also enjoyed it. At that moment you also have to be chauvinistic and say that it was an added value for Belgian football “, says Thomas Buffalo.
“I was quite surprised at how flimsy Rangers showed. They didn’t really have the urge to move forward. The build-up was too slow and they were having trouble disrupting Union’s attack.”
Will the 2-0 bonus suffice for Union, or will it be regretting those missed opportunities next week in a churning Ibrox? “I think if they can keep the same level and the same organization that 2-0 can be enough,” says Buffel. “Of course Ibrox is known for the atmosphere. Union should not be impressed by the 50,000 fans, because then it can sometimes go quickly.”
“On the other hand, that 2-0 might give Union the chance to stay even better in the organization and come out at the right moments. They will have to find a good balance to create some danger as well.”
What can Union players expect at Ibrox next week? “The supporters are very close to the field. It comes from everywhere, there is atmosphere everywhere. With every good action you are supported to keep going for it,” Buffel knows.
“What Rangers showed yesterday was definitely not good. I think we will see another Rangers next week, also a bit depending on which players they can still recover.”
“Union must ensure that Rangers are also afraid of being caught on the counter. If there is no ball resistance between the lines and you cannot get out yourself, you will be pushed away and you have to wait until you get one. And then the game starts. It can get very interesting.”