Now, the former Liverpool star thinks the Old Firm's Premiership ambitions could be rekindled.
"What a joke the SPL has failed to back Rangers and rearrange fixtures to help their UEFA Cup campaign like Zenit St Petersburg have had from their FA. But despite everything, I strongly fancy Rangers to win the UEFA Cup final.
"It will be a massive achievement for Walter Smith, but his side can do it.
"They have gelled together, used the difficulties to unify themselves and introduced a siege mentality."
Rangers head to the City of Manchester Stadium on Wednesday for the showpiece final.