Gerrard sets sights on Europa League success with Rangers
Steven Gerrard has set his sights on European success and has said he will not tolerate a repeat of the failure 12 months ago when Rangers went out to Progres Niederkorn in the Europa League qualifiers.
The first qualifier plays on July 12 and Gerrard is confident that he will have time to work his magic before the game.
Talking in the Scottish Sun, Gerrard said: “Of course it’s going to be very difficult to have everything done and dusted by that first game, because teams shut down for a certain amount of time.
“It can be difficult to get deals over the line in a short space of time. But in terms of that first Europa League game, I don’t prioritise any game. Every game for Rangers is a priority.
“The fact is we want to be in the group stages. So whatever players are available to me will be expected to get results — and I’ll be expected to get results.”
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Pedro Caixinha started unravelling before the Premiership started last season, and defeat to Progres Niederkorn was the first sign that it wasn’t going to be a good season at Ibrox. Gerrard has put a marker in the sand here, saying that he expects to get into the group stages of the competition, but it won’t be easy, with a new set of players and hardly any time to work with them. He’s also going to find that it won’t be easy to wrap up serious transfer business that early in the window, which will make the job doubly hard. The media spotlight will be directed at Rangers and Gerrard in these early games, and the pressure will be huge. A great result would really set the tone for the Gerrard reign but you’d have to say that another shock defeat would be disastrous. Gerrard isn’t hiding though – he knows what’s expected of him and he’s confident that his players will deliver.
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