NIKOLA KATIC had mixed feelings following tonight’s win over Ufa, with Rangers carrying a 1-0 lead to next week’s second leg in Russia.

The Light Blues were frustrated for long spells in the Europa League play-off, and Katic too shared that frustration, taking both positives and negatives from the match.

Speaking to RangersTV, he said: “It was a tough game for us. They stayed in a low block so it was hard for us to score more goals – it is not a bad result – we won, we got a clean sheet, but it could be better.

“Playing with that home crowd, we need to be more aggressive. The second half was much better than the first, so that is what we are looking for in our next games.

“It is good [to get another clean sheet]. When you play European home games, a clean sheet at home is a really important thing, and it is a reward for all the players in the team.

“We have an advantage. It is not big, but we go there to try and play better and maybe to score an away goal to go to the Europa League group stage.”

Katic is really settling into life as a Ranger alongside Connor Goldson at centre-half, and he continued: “It is great to play here in front of 50,000 every game. The fans really live the game with the players and enjoy every tackle and you feel really good here.

“The team also, I am really happy I am here. We won tonight, but the mentality of the team is we are not happy – we want more in every game.

“Connor and I want to win every duel and Alfredo wants to score every shot, and that is what I like here.”

Before the second leg, Gers travel to Motherwell for Sunday’s Scottish Premiership clash, and Katic added: “It is a really tough schedule for us now, but we go step by step. The next step is Motherwell away and we want to win every game in the league. Hopefully we can get three points from this game.”

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