Rangers stars given 'rocket up the backside' after what I've heard from Gerrard - McLeish
Alex McLeish has claimed Steven Gerrard has given his Rangers squad a “rocket up the backside” ahead of the Europa League clash with Brondby.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Gers boss suggested the 41-year-old has been more “aggressive” with his players to get a reaction.
Speaking to Rangers TV after the defeat to Sparta Prague, Gerrard conceded the Gers “have to win” against Brondby.
He reiterated that message at his press conference on Wednesday, insisting delivering a good performance and result is “very important”.
Rangers currently sit bottom of their Europa League group after two defeats to Lyon and Sparta Prague.
They face a fight to qualify for the knock-out stage, with only the top-placed team making it through automatically.
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The runners-up of each group will face a play-off clash to qualify.
McLeish insisted the pressure is mounting on Rangers to kickstart their season.
“Stevie knows the pressure of being a club like Liverpool and having to win,” McLeish told Football Insider’s Russell Edge.
“Liverpool fans demand it, Rangers fans demand it. Every fan of every club wants to win and demands to win.
“But the expectation levels are such that Steven is being a little bit more aggressive with them, the players. They have to get their mojo back.
“They’re top of the Premiership and this kind of culminates with how the season goes.
“When Steven is starting to say those kinds of things then you know he’s putting the rocket up their backsides. Now we’ll see if Rangers are going to react to that.
“He’s obviously gutted with last week’s result. The European thing is so important to them financially but prestige-wise, that’s the main thing.”
Rangers sit one point clear at the top of the Scottish Premiership following Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Hearts.