Jorg Albertz reveals German TV Rangers strike as legend questions lack of interest in Bundesliga transfer
Rangers legend Jorg Albertz has revealed that German TV coverage of Rangers’ 6-4 aggregate win over Dortmund called the Ibrox side ‘not a top team’.
And the legendary midfielder believes the failure to fully understand his former side’s talent is to blame for a lack of interest in transferring key players.
Ryan Kent and James Tavernier were outstanding in both games against the Bundesliga’s second-best team, with the captain netting three goals at right-back.
And Albertz believes a lack of respect for the Scottish game has meant the elite leagues have missed out on serious quality players operating out of Govan.
He told the Daily Record: “Gio’s great players have risen again. I found Kent – like Germany – to be fantastic.
“And James Tavernier was superb, scoring both goals.
“That’s what you expect from a real captain.
“He took responsibility for the penalty then pushed forward to get the second.
“He got that goal because he wanted it so badly. He’s a right-back so he had no right to be in that position to score. But the boy is an absolute machine.
“As I said about Gio, there will always be people who will doubt Tavernier. That’s how it is with the Rangers.
“Whether it’s captaincy or management, you always have to deal with these things.
“And Tavernier answered all the questions that were put to him.
“I heard on German TV on Thursday night that Rangers weren’t a top team in Europe.
“Maybe that’s why clubs here or in England haven’t tried to buy Tavernier.
“I don’t know, but he should be on many clubs’ list when looking for a right-back. His goals and assists record speaks for itself.
“Kent is the same, he should be on the radar of big clubs. Maybe they don’t watch Scottish football or expect more because they play against Motherwell or Livingston.
“But based on what they’ve done in Europe, especially against Dortmund, clubs have to look at these players.”