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Sport Steven Gerrard identifies 'big challenges ahead' in Europa League but says Rangers are ready for Benfica test

10:10  30 october  2020
10:10  30 october  2020 Source:   scotsman.com

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'Coming on these Europa League challenges and managing to get positive results has been a major part Europe, though, has been the arena in which Gerrard has achieved the most notable progress of his three years in How Steven Gerrard 's Rangers dominated Neil Lennon's Celtic in Old Firm win.

Steven Gerrard says Rangers still have "an unbelievable opportunity" in the Europa League after a draw with "He feels hard done by," Gerrard said . "There might be a mistaken identity . "Daniel has a lot of Already taunted for being a "man", she avoided training because she did not want big muscles.

A perfect Europa League campaign continued for Rangers when they defeated Lech Poznan 1-0 at Ibrox on Thursday night.

a man wearing a suit and tie © Rangers manager Steven Gerrard looks on as his team beat Lech Poznan 1-0 at Ibrox to stay level on p...

Steven Gerrard’s team have now won all five of their games in the tournament so far this season – three in the qualifying rounds and their first two Group D fixtures.

But the Rangers manager knows the acid test is now on the horizon for his players who will head to Lisbon next week to face Benfica before the top seeds then come to Glasgow three weeks’ later.

The double header with the Portuguese giants could prove pivotal in Rangers’ bid to qualify from the group. Benfica swept Standard Liege aside 3-0 on Thursday and lead the way on goal difference from Gerrard’s side.

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Rangers manager Steven Gerrard said his Rangers players need to improve after he lost his first semi final as the manager. Rangers lost 1-0 to Aberdeen in the Scottish League Cup semi-final at Hampden Park.

Celtic seek their first points in Europa League Group H against hosts Lille before Rangers play their first home match in Group D against Lech Poznan. Speaking on BT Sport, Rangers manager Steven Gerrard said : "It was a good performance I thought we were very strong. We've beaten a good team


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“It puts us in a good place with six points out of six and we have started the group strongly,” said Gerrard after Alfredo Morelos scored the only goal of the game against Lech Poznan.

"But there are big challenges ahead. Benfica are certainly the favourites in the group for a reason and they have got quality in the squad and players that are worth lots and lots of money. But when that game comes round we will make sure we are really for the challenge ahead.

"The players have delivered two really strong performances in the group so far and I am really proud and pleased of where we are sitting so far. I thought it was a strong, controlled and professional performance from my players against Poznan.”

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