Michael Brown admits he has been blown away by the “amazing” performances Rangers has delivered on the European stage this season.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Premier League midfielder insisted the Gers are expected to win their league games and that it is their Europa League displays which deserve applauding.
Rangers kept up their unbeaten run, which now stretches to 22 games across all competitions, on Thursday with a 2-2 draw against a Benfica side containing the likes of international stars Jan Vertonghen, Everton Soares and Haris Seferovic.
The point means the Light Blues are well placed to seal qualification to the knock-out stages of the Europa League as they sit five points clear of the bottom two with two games to play.
Brown has suggested a lack of pressure from Celtic in the league has helped Steven Gerrard’s cause and that Rangers’ displays on the continent will have the manager buzzing.
Asked about how important the club’s European form was to their success, Brown told Football Insider: “That’s amazing because, let’s be honest, some of the teams they’re playing games, with no disrespect, are not at the level of these European teams. That will be pleasing them the most, getting results in Europe.
“Gerrard’s doing well, I knew he would, I said to you last year he got to Christmas, he got the best out of that squad, and then they just sort of fell away.
“What’s good for him and what would give him confidence is the pressure across the way is not as high, is it? They’re not right on their toes, they’re not right up there, they’re having a bit of difficulty so you’re looking and going: ‘This is ours,’ and it gives you a lift.
“It’d be incredible, you can imagine if the supporters start to get back in and they’re in that position, oh my God.”
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