Rangers caretaker manager Jimmy Nicholl has admitted he wants to leave a “legacy of European football” for incoming manager Steven Gerrard – and thinks securing qualification for the Europa League will mean the Liverpool icon will be “happy” with how the Gers performed in their final three games this season.
Nicholl took charge of the first of three games in charge on Saturday as he led the Light Blues to a hard-fought 1-0 win over Kilmarnock thanks to David Bates’ late goal to close the gap to Aberdeen in second to just a single point.
The Gers travel to Pittodrie on Tuesday night and a win would go a long way to securing European football for next season – and Nicholl insists his side must perform to secure continental football next term.
“I want to leave [Steven Gerrard] a legacy of European football at least – and, by doing that, that means they’ve performed and he’s happy with what he’s seen,” Nicholl said, as quoted by BBC Scotland.
Football Insider verdict
European football is a must for Rangers next season – and Gerrard must make sure that it doesn’t end in absolute disaster like it did last summer. With games against Hibs and Aberdeen, it is in the Gers’ control if they qualify for Europe – and even have the parachute of qualifying from fourth in the Scottish Premiership but only if Celtic lift the Scottish Cup. The additional funds as well as the chance to compete in Europe again properly for the first in years is something that Gers fans are desperate for too. A win at Pittodrie on Tuesday night would probably be enough for the Gers to qualify although the fact the Gers have left it so late to secure a place shows just how disappointing an end of the season it has been. By the time Rangers head to Easter Road next weekend the Light Blues will hopefully be pretty confident of their place in next season’s Europa League rather than needing to wait a few weeks and hope Celtic win the Scottish Cup.