Gerrard’s Euro Confidence – Rangers Football Club, Official Website

STEVEN Gerrard says Rangers will go into the Europa League group stages full of confidence they can progress.

The Light Blues were drawn alongside Villareal, Rapid Vienna and Spartak Moscow in Group G and the manager believes his squad are capable of topping their achievements so far in the competition.

Gerrard confesses there is a special feeling around Ibrox right now and his side’s efforts to get out of the play-offs, playing for 25 minutes with nine men, sums that up.

Speaking to the media Gerrard said: “I am very excited by the draw, I think it is brilliant for the players, I think it is a reward for all the hard work, effort and the quality they have shown during the qualifying campaign. The three other teams are big names for us and they are great challenges.

“Being part of Rangers it doesn’t matter who the opponents are, you are always going into the games trying to win.

“We will never set up to draw or to keep the score down; we will try and be as positive as we can be.

“We feel like we are building something special here and these are the type of games that we feel like we all want to be part of.

“I think it is fantastic for these supporters and we will go into these games full of confidence and belief that we can go and get the right results to progress.”

Gerrard made it clear to the media, when asked if he was surprised by his team’s early European showing, that their exploits hadn’t come by accident.

The former Liverpool captain started his tenure with a pre-season camp to Spain and it is there he feels the ultimate performance to defeat Ufa began.

He said: “When we joined up on the 15th June we made it clear that it was the first thing we could achieve together as a squad and as a team.

“We were all prepared to buy into what was needed to go and achieve that. It is down to the players, they deserve all the credit and they are the ones who have taken all the information, all the game plans and the tactics on board in a short space of time.

“They are the players who were doing double and treble sessions in Spain in a very tough climate to get fit and you saw that fitness last night in the last 30 minutes of that game.

“The big thing is how important this is for the club financially and for the supporters to be back in Europe.”

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