McLeish cites Liverpool as Rangers tipped for 'phenomenal' boost tonight
Alex McLeish has backed the Ibrox crowd to give Rangers a “phenomenal” boost for the second leg clash against Malmo.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Gers boss insisted the “brilliant” support should help Steven Gerrard’s men improve on their early-season displays.
Speaking to Rangers TV after the 2-1 defeat to Malmo, Gerrard admitted his players would need the full backing of the crowd to help progress to the next round of the Champions League qualifiers.
As confirmed on Monday (August 9th), the Light Blues will play in front of a packed Ibrox after tickets sold out.
Rangers head into Tuesday’s game off the back of a 1-0 home defeat to Dundee United.
However, McLeish insisted the supporters would help the players lift their games.
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“You know that with the fans, it’s brilliant,” McLeish told Football Insider’s Russell Edge.
“The instant impact will be important. The fans will be looking for the guys to come out the traps running. They need to come out very fast.
“Not that the crowd are going to be quiet by any means. They’ll give the players a phenomenal welcome because they’re back in the stadium again.
“But when the players run out to that roar, they’ve got to feel the strength of that. We’ve looked at the pandemic over the last couple of years and we’ve seen teams like Liverpool struggling at home.
“Five or six games in a row they lost in a row at home, which was unheard of for many, many years in Liverpool. So you see the impact that the crowd has for them.
“Rangers had an impressive season without the fans last year, an absolutely brilliant season.
“Can they go a step further with the crowd giving them that fantastic support? Obviously, they have to respond with a fantastic performance level.”