SCOTT ARFIELD had mixed feelings after tonight’s loss to Rapid Vienna which brought to an end Rangers’ incredible run in the Europa League.
Arfield was so proud with what Gers had achieved, but admits tonight’s loss was hurting both him and the rest of his Gers’ teammates.
He told RangersTV: “Gutted is the best way to describe the way I’m feeling and how everyone in there is feeling, but there has to be a realisation within that how far we have come as a club and how far we have come as a set of men and a team to take it as far as we have done.
“I’m hugely proud and there is a proud feeling within the dressing room, but the overriding emotion is that we are gutted as we have come so far as a team.
One goal was always going to win the game, and if we got it, then it would have been the perfect game plan as we came out to play with a tight midfield and to create chances.
“The goal that they won with, we had stomped out those fires for 80 minutes leading up to that with the three men in midfield.
“We then pushed [Kyle] Lafferty up to get the goal, and the goal comes from that area and he slips in and it’s a good finish.
“I think one goal was always going to win, and we fancied ourselves right up until that.”
Arfield also feels Gers need to learn from this European run, both good and bad, adding: “We need to look at the experiences we have had, and there are so many happy stories in this. Obviously, the reality is we are out the competition, but I think we were punching above our weight in terms of the calibre of teams we played against.
“From the 12th of July against Shkupi, it shows how everyone has rallied together and the fans have travelled in their numbers and it was amazing again tonight with the noise levels.”