AS Rangers rounded off their comfortable victory at Fir Park on Saturday, something else was clearly on the minds of the travelling support.

Among the regular chants, the support belted out a reminder that they are Germany-bound on Thursday. The more optimistic chant was instead rounded of with 'Sevilla'.

The possibility of winning the league hangs by the finest margin, but the minds and hearts of Rangers Football Club are elsewhere, as all associated dare to dream of the seemingly impossible achievement of making a Europa League final.

It was reflected in both the starting line-up and in the stands on Saturday: all eyes are on RB Leipzig on Thursday. The “one game at a time” mantra goes out the window when you have a Europa League semi-final in five days’ time.

The excitement is palpable and rightly so. When Rangers reached this stage in 2008, it felt like a once in a generation event. Walter Smith’s team edged and scrapped its way to the final with backs to the wall defending, miracle saves, late goals, and a pinch of luck. Over 180 minutes, Walter’s side became the masters of leaving their opponents punch drunk. That tactic couldn’t quite carry through to the final against an impressive Zenit St Petersburg side.

Walter’s way felt like the only plausible way a team like Rangers could reach the final, and no one can do it as Walter could. Yet here Rangers are in the incredible position of the last 4 again, having reached this stage in style. Throughout the knockout stages, iconic performances are etched in the minds of the support. Away to Dortmund. Home to Braga and Red Star. Terrific goals from the likes of John Lundstram, Alfredo Morelos and James Tavernier have paved the way. Dominating teams on the continent in style and battering them into submission in front of raucous crowds creating deafening atmospheres. There’s been no indication that the Ibrox side are imposters, they have been deserving winners at every stage of the competition.

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That’s what makes this run even more unbelievable. As Rory Hamilton roared while Rangers put Borussia Dortmund out of the tournament: this isn’t supposed to happen.

Dortmund were supposed to win and now be on a comfortable jog towards a glamorous final against Barcelona. These are the Goliaths in European football, Rangers were drawn against a team like Dortmund as a form of punishment for finishing second in the group. The playoff round was obviously introduced to separate the teams UEFA want and don’t want in the latter stages. Rangers didn’t receive the script and instead chose to write their own story.

Yet here they are; defying the odds, standing tall in the semi-finals and on the brink of history. The financial gap between Scotland and countries on the continent is constantly expanding, Rangers are punching above their weight but you would barely even notice. This is before you even put it within the context of the club playing in the fourth tier of Scottish football 10 years ago. It has become an overused cliché to hark back to the journey through the lower divisions when things go wrong, but it's difficult to understand how such a quick turnaround to potential European success is even possible.

To even make the final would be one of the finest achievements by a Scottish team in Europe, and would comfortably bypass the efforts of Celtic in 2003 and Rangers in 2008.

Whatever happens now, it is the crowning achievement of the rebuild by Steven Gerrard, Mark Allen, Ross Wilson and Giovanni van Bronckhorst. The player recruitment, a squad staying together for years, and the style of play have all brought the team to this position. There’s an argument that it has restricted what Rangers can achieve domestically but that’s a debate for another day when it comes to restructuring the squad this summer.

Additional injuries have arrived at the wrong time, but you know every player will leave it all on the pitch in Leipzig. Apart from a striker, the spine of the starting XI is still there. It is a challenging tie and every Rangers fan approaches it with the pragmatic thought process of keeping the tie alive ahead of a potentially era-defining night at Ibrox the following week.

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For now, fans can bask in the excitement and nerves that the next few days will bring. These moments are unlikely to arrive very often and it’s important to savour them and live in the moment. We can all keep posting potential flight and accommodation options in group chats. We can all savour the prospect of the carnage in Ibrox if Rangers win the semi-final. We can all dare to think about what Tavernier would look like with the Europa League held aloft after completing the finest achievement in the history of the club.

Rangers answered the call from the tifo against Braga: “Make us Dream”. We are all dreaming and it is a special thing to do.