RANGERS “did Scotland proud” as they narrowly lost out to Eintracht Frankfurt in the Europa League final, Nicola Sturgeon has said.

The First Minister and other Holyrood leaders have praised the efforts of the Ibrox club after their “heartbreaking” penalty shoot-out defeat in Seville The SNP leader, speaking at FMQs, said: “The result last night was heartbreaking for the team and their many fans. The achievement of getting to the final was considerable.

“They played extremely well last night. It was a gutsy performance.

“Despite the disappointment I know the team, everybody people associated with the team, the many fans in Seville and watching across Scotland should also feel extremely proud of their team.

“They did Scottish football and Scotland proud last night and I send them my congratulations for that achievement.”

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Douglas Ross hailed their European run as an “incredible achievement”.

“It was a significant achievement for the club but also for Scottish football,” he told MSPs. “And for 120 minutes the two teams could not be separated.

“I know for clubs it’s difficult to lose any match on penalties. But to lose a major European final on penalties will be particularly hard to take. However, I think this parliament can agree that Rangers did Scottish football proud.”