Sport Steven Gerrard lays down Rangers title challenge as Ibrox boss urges players to follow in legend's footsteps

01:15  02 october  2020
01:15  02 october  2020 Source:   msn.com

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Steven Gerrard has told his Rangers players that winning trophies is what really counts after they reached their third successive Europa League group stage.

The Ibrox boss was speaking following his side's 2-1 win over Galatasaray to reach the Europa League group stage and was standing beside two of the biggest managerial legends at the club in the shape of Walter Smith and Graeme Souness.

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The pair were pundits on RangersTV for the game and Gerrard nodded towards them as he urged his players to make sure the good nights continue for the full season.

He was thrilled with his side's performance against the Turkish giants and the result but he didn't want that to the be the height of his club's success this season.

Gerrard told RangersTV: "Very pleased, big night for the football club which is the most important thing. Especially in the current climate.

"To a man the players were outstanding, we gave them a game plan but they had to go out and individually, collectively, carry it out and it was a bit nervy at the end but we thoroughly deserved our victory.

"We’ve been together for two years, we're used to each other, I know the players inside out and they know us and what we expect for them. We’d like to keep progressing and moving forward, this is a fantastic night. The players are obviously very happy in the dressing room.

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"But the key for me is - especially on a stage with these two - is to make sure we’re having good nights come May. It's very important European football, but it's about success in May. That's the important thing but if we keep performing like we did tonight.

"If we keep moving forward, adding players to it, then maybe we can.

"That’s what we’ve said to the players, it’s fantastic what we've done in Europe but this club is built on success and success is trophies.

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"They’re difficult shoes to fill, so many fantastic teams have been successful, the expectation doesn’t change, we're aware we handle it and we deal with it.

"The challenge for me is, can I get this team in the mix come May?"

The Ibrox boss brought Ryan Jack on in the second half after he missed recent weeks through injury and the Scotland international is normally the first name on the teamsheet.

But Gerrard admits he had no choice but to play the three he did and was rewarded by Scott Arfield scoring and Glen Kamara and Steven Davis continuing their excellent form.

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STEVEN GERRARD has taken his Rangers players to task in public more than once. The Rangers manager laid into his troops last weekend for a lack of leadership, drive, urgency and quality as they let their grip on the title race with Celtic' s slip a little further through their fingers with a goalless draw at

Steven Gerrard spent his first day as Rangers manager in the classroom on Friday before scouting Gerrard will fly back home on Saturday before he takes his new players to Spain for a pre-season Gerrard , who formally began a four-year contract as Ibrox manager on Friday, initially worked with

But it was his captain James Tavernier that he singled out for special praise as he blasted the skipper's critics following another impressive showing.

He said: "I couldn’t change the midfield three since Jacko got injured. Jacko is one of the first names on the team sheet but I couldn't change the midfield because they've been excellent. Glen Kamara was outstanding, Davis played with experience.

"We lacked a bit of pace in the first half, we were regaining the ball but no outcome was coming. We were a bit toothless in the final third.

"We asked them to play with a bit more belief and they did in the second half and we got our rewards.

"When we turned up, we knew we had the best right-back in the league and that’s stayed the same. His consistency has been outrageous. He’s got stronger and stronger and he’s led his team to three European runs in succession so he deserves a lot of credit.

"On the outside people make noise about James but the important thing is he’s loved on the inside and we appreciate what he does. If he was the perfect full back he’d probably not be here so the good thing is he's available all the time, and the numbers for a full-back no matter what league or what level is outstanding."

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