Ramsey backed Wales boss Page to react quickly to Rangers penalty misery

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Aaron Ramsey has the character to put his penalty kick miss in the Rangers’ Europa League final defeat to Eintracht Frankfurt behind him, according to Wales boss Rob Page.

The loaned Juventus midfielder, who came on the field in the second half of extra time, missed the only spot kick as Frankfurt won 5-4 in a match that ended 1-1 in Sevilla on Wednesday.

It was the first time Rangers had tasted penalty kicks in European competition since the 1999-2000 UEFA Cup, when they lost to Borussia Dortmund in the last 32.

Ramsey was visibly upset after Rafael Borre converted the crucial penalty kick for Frankfurt, which is the first German team to win the UEFA Cup or Europa League since Schalke in 1996-97.

But Page insists he has no worries about selecting the 31-year-old to take a penalty kick if Wales’ upcoming World Cup qualifier play-off against either Scotland or Ukraine goes far.

“I have no doubt at all that if it comes to penalties, he will take one,” Page said at a news conference on Thursday after appointing his 27-man squad for the June 5 showdown in Cardiff.

Asked if he still trusts Ramsey, Page said: “Absolutely 100 per cent. It happens to be the best in the world. Top players they line up.

“I’m so proud of him for standing up [to take a penalty]. He is a world-class football player. He had the courage and conviction to take a punishment. Top players get over it, no problem. ”

Ramsey is part of Wales’ latest squad, as is Gareth Bale, who will be a free agent when his Real Madrid contract expires in the coming weeks.

Bale’s agent this week suggested a return to English football is the most likely option, with the striker aiming to stay in shape ahead of the World Cup in November if Wales qualify for the tournament for the first time in 64 years.

“I think everyone probably thinks the same about his future,” Page said. “It will depend on how the results go in terms of what he does next season with a club.

“The only person who can answer that is Gareth. All I know is that when he shows up for us, he’s first class. The full focus on himself is to win this match against Ukraine or Scotland, so he can worry about it afterwards. “

Bale have only started four games for Madrid in all tournaments this season and have not been part of their squad in any of their last five games due to a back problem.

However, the Wales captain is back in training and Page expects him to be part of Los Blancos’ squad for next week’s Champions League final against Liverpool in Paris.

“I think Gareth sets himself up when he is able to be available for Real Madrid, just like he does with us,” said Page. “Then it’s up to the manager whether he wants to pick him or not in the squad.

“I think he’s sure he wants to be involved and we’ll wait and see if he’s involved. Then we’ll get him to camp as soon as we can.”





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