Former Ibrox players have claimed that their team’s success of reaching the Europa League Final has surpassed Celtic’s record of conquering Europe in 1967. JOHN HARTSON has joined club veteran John ‘Yogi’ Hughes in dismissing such claims.

As Giovanni von Bronckhorst’s team prepare to face Bundesliga opposition Eintracht Frankfurt in Seville this evening, the Welsh striker dismissed the accusations.

Former striker Kenny Miller made the outrageous remarks, and ex-midfielder Kevin Thomson has backed his former teammate, insisting that a victory for Govan would be “bigger” than Jock Stein’s team’s 2-1 victory over Inter Milan in Lisbon on May 25, 1967, when they became the first British club to win the coveted silverware.

Hartson said:

“This is not a debate. It’s not even a topic of discussion.

“You cannot compare any team winning the Europa League to winning the Champions League.

“When Celtic won the European Cup in 1967 they became the first British team to do it. Not only did they bring the European Cup back home from Lisbon, they did it with 11 Scotsman in the starting line-up.

“That will never, ever be done again.”