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Europa League: Rangers’ Aaron Ramsey will be ‘devastated’ after penalty miss, say club legends

‘There was always going to be a scapegoat’: Ally McCoist and Kenny Miller express sympathy for Aaron Ramsey when his missed penalty costs Rangers in the Europa League final… insisting he will be ‘devastated’ after fouling up your lines

Rangers legend Kenny Miller insists Aaron Ramsey will be “devastated” after missing the fatal penalty in their Europa League final defeat, but Ally McCoist stressed that someone had to be the “scapegoat”.

Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s men suffered a heartbreaking defeat in Thursday’s Seville final, which ended 1-1 after 120 minutes of football.

Joe Aribo fired Gers in front just before the hour mark, before Rafael Borre equalized 12 minutes later to finally send the showpiece into extra time.

They couldn’t break up after another 30 minutes, so a penalty shootout was required to settle it.

Kenny Miller insists Aaron Ramsey will be 'devastated' after his missed penalty for Rangers

Kenny Miller insists Aaron Ramsey will be ‘devastated’ after his missed penalty for Rangers

In the end, it was Frankfurt who came out on top, with the only failure of a perfect penalty shootout coming when Ramsey failed to convert Gers’ fourth penalty.

Borre went on to bury the winning penalty kick, dealing a devastating blow to the Scottish club and Ramsey in particular.

The Welshman’s missed shot proved decisive as Frankfurt scored a magnificent five penalties to secure the trophy in Seville.

After Ramsey’s penalty cost his former team, McCoist told BT Sport: “There was always going to be a scapegoat, I think he tries to pick it up and doesn’t get enough.”

Ramsey missed the decisive penalty in Gers' Europa League final loss to Eintracht Frankfurt

Ramsey missed the decisive penalty in Gers’ Europa League final loss to Eintracht Frankfurt

The Welshman was distraught after costing Giovanni van Bronckhorst's men in Seville

The Welshman was distraught after costing Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s men in Seville

Kenny Miller said Ramsey will be 'devastated'

Ally McCoist insisted someone had to be the 'scapegoat'

Ibrox legends Kenny Miller (L) and Ally McCoist expressed sympathy for Ramsey after Miss

His co-expert Miller then added: “You need to get a little bit of height when you go up the middle, if he does, it’s a goal, but he throws it very lightly and the keeper gets to him because he doesn’t have the height.

‘There will always be someone you miss. He will be devastated. Anyone would be.

“He will be destroyed by everyone, he wanted to be successful in the Rangers and tonight was a great opportunity.”

It has been a difficult campaign for Ramsey, who has made only 13 appearances all season due to injury, and the missed penalty against Frankfurt marks the low point of his time at Ibrox.

But former Tottenham midfielder Jamie O’Hara has asked fans to refrain from criticizing the former Arsenal man, praising him for intervening from the spot in such an important game.

Former Tottenham player Jamie O'Hara has asked fans to refrain from criticizing the former Arsenal player

Former Tottenham player Jamie O’Hara has asked fans to refrain from criticizing the former Arsenal player

O’Hara wrote on Twitter: “Don’t abuse Ramsey please, he had the bottle to step up and take a great penalty, the odds are in the goalies favor, he will be devastated and will need support, #Rangers heartbreaking.” .

However, former Scotland winger Pat Nevin says Ramsey will now have to live with the miss ‘for the rest of his life’, while claiming Rangers will ‘kick themselves’ for falling short.

‘Torture. Every time you lose a cup final it’s torture. After the work they did, after the fact that they got better as the game went on,” Nevin said on BBC Radio 5 Live.

They really believed. The standard of penalties was staggeringly high, except for Ramsey. He has to live with it for the rest of his life.

‘What a chance the Rangers had. They will kick themselves. It was there to be won.

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