RANGERS' run to the Europa League final in Seville is already a better achievement than when Celtic reached the same stage, in the same city back in 2003.

That's according to former Parkhead favourite Charlie Nicholas.

Giovanni van Bronckorst's men take on Eintracht Frankfurt tomorrow night for a straight shot at European glory. 

The game takes place in Seville, where Celtic also famously played their UEFA Cup final 19-years-ago, losing out to Porto.

And whether the Light Blues go on to lift the trophy or not, Charlie Nic reckons the Ibrox side's achievement of reaching the final two surpasses when Martin O'Neill's team managed it.

The former Arsenal forward pointed to Rangers' smaller budget as his main comparative factor in reaching that opinion.

He wrote in his Daily Express column: "If Rangers lift the Europa League trophy tomorrow night in Seville it would surpass their 1972 Cup Winners' Cup triumph.

"Beating Dynamo Moscow for their first European silverware was some achievement, but given the financial gulf between the current side and Eintracht Frankfurt - not to mention the teams they have knocked out en route to the final - this would be even greater.

"Sure, it is not the European Cup or the Champions League, but it would be massive for Scottish football if Rangers win the continent's second most prestigious club tournament.

"Getting this far is already a bigger accomplishment than Celtic's run to the 2003 UEFA Cup final in Seville because Martin O'Neill's team was bankrolled with massive sums in wages and transfer fees.

"Giovanni van Bronckhorst hasn't really spent a lot since replacing Steven Gerrard in the Ibrox hotseat last November, yet he has taken the squad on.

"I expected Rangers' level to drop when injury ended star striker Alfredo Morelos' season in March, but it has actually been the opposite.

"It feels like the team has managed to recharge its batteries."

He added: "Eintracht Frankfurt can score goals but they are vulnerable at the back, similar to their opponents.

"However, Rangers have a mentality in these epic European nights that elevates their performances.

"They also have matchwinners. Ryan Kent, Joe Aribo and Ramsey can do something magical but I've got a feeling their key players in Seville will be James Tavernier and Calvin Bassey.

"Bassey's pace at the back is a massive asset, while Tavernier has shown he can single-handedly change a game.

"The captain's scoring record is phenomenal, as is his assists tally. If Tavernier gets the time and space to exert his influence, I can see Rangers edging it.

"I can see Tavernier being the ultimate hero. He always seems to deliver when it matters.

"My score prediction is 1-1 after 90 minutes and Rangers to win 2-1 in extra-time."