UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin has revealed that more people watched the Europa Conference League final last season than Rangers’ Europa League final with Eintracht Frankfurt.
Rangers have reached the final term in what is considered to be European football’s most important competition outside of the Champions League.
They were ultimately to suffer a gruesome penalty shoot-out defeat to the German side in the Seville final, with tens of thousands of Rangers and Eintracht fans flooding the Spanish city.
In contrast, the Europa Conference League has been plagued with managers complaining about competition and some even facing weakened teams.
However, UEFA chief Ceferin has just revealed that the viewing figures for the final in Tirana, Albania, where Roma beat Feyenoord, were higher than those which saw Rangers lose to the Bundesliga.
And he says it’s proof that their third competition is hugely popular.
Ceferin said: “I’m happy with how the Conference League and the Nations League went.
“Some have criticized the Europa Conference League, but now they are telling us that we have to organize it in bigger stadiums.
“For example, last season’s final had a higher audience than the Europa League final.”