Steven Gerrard: I wouldn’t be Rangers boss if Progres hadn’t won in the Europa League


STEVEN GERRARD knows he wouldn’t have got the chance to become Rangers boss had Progres Niederkorn not made European history two years ago.

So he will take nothing for granted over the next fortnight as the Light Blues prepare for a rematch with their former foes.

Defeat in Luxembourg was the beginning of the end for Pedro Caixinha in Glasgow but that result is now a thing of the past as Rangers have made significant strides forward with Gerrard at the helm.

Gerrard said: “I arrived here probably because of that second leg night. I know it took until October for Caixinha to eventually leave, but Graeme Murty got the caretaker role on the back of that and then I obviously got the role.

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“But it all goes back to those two fixtures. So it goes to show the importance of the game – and St Joseph’s before.

“It doesn’t matter who you are playing, you have to try and get through. It’s important we don’t live in the past but we still need to have that seed there because we are now responsible for taking this club forward.

“It’s important that we try and put a big wrong right over these next two legs.”

Rangers were 1-0 winners at Ibrox in 2017 before crashing to a humiliating defeat away in the second leg that saw them dumped from the competition.

The likes of Wes Foderingham, James Tavernier and Alfredo Morelos remain from that night.

And Gerrard won’t allow his players to underestimate the challenge in hand as they bid for a third qualifying round berth.

He said: “The players won’t need a reminder of the attitude and mentality they need to get this job done. And we want it done as soon as possible.

“I want a very aggressive team performance.

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“The important thing here is our approach. It’s about us and what we do. We have spoken to the players in detail about how we want it to look at Ibrox, no matter who we are facing.

“We want that consistent respect for opposition and they will get that.

“At this level in Europe, it has been proven many times – not just the episode a couple of years ago – that if you underestimate the opposition you can come unstuck.

“That’s the message at the start but also if we manage to go 1-0 or are good enough to go 2-0. We stay on the gas for as long as we can to try and get it done and show them we are a completely different set-up with a completely different mentality.”


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