CONNOR Goldson says there is no point looking to last summer if Rangers want to succeed in Europe this season.
The summer recruit wasn’t here when the Gers were knocked out in the first qualifying round in Luxembourg and he doesn’t believe reflecting on that night will help Steven Gerrard’s new look side.
Rangers face Bury in their only public warm-up game at Ibrox this evening before Macedonia’s Shkupi come to Ibrox next Thursday.
Goldson said: “The new players have heard what happened in Europe last season, we have spoken about it but that is the past and we can only look forward.
“We have an exciting draw and we have an exciting first game at Ibrox in front of our own fans.
“We will just have to be ready and positive and there is no point in looking back, we are in a new season, new players, new manager and we look forward to that game.”
The centre-half was then asked by media if he thought the Light Blues could qualify for the group stages of this year’s tournament.
“If we didn’t think we could then there would be no point in playing in the qualifiers.
“We have got to believe, we have the first game next Thursday against a tough side but we will be ready and prepared. I am sure they won’t look forward to coming to our stadium.”
The Rangers squad have been put through their paces by Gerrard and his staff since pre-season began and Goldson reveals their intensity of the work is a clue to how the side will look to play.
The 25-year-old is one of seven new faces, including last year’s loan signing Jamie Murphy, who have signed up already this summer and he believes they are gelling well.
The defender explained:
“The way he wants to play requires us to be fit so it has been a tough start but now the games are here I am sure we will slow down into the games and that is where we need to get the points across.
“I think we are taking the manager’s ideas on board well, we have worked on it hard in training and in the football sessions every single day.
“The ten days in Spain were hard, it was double sessions every day and the manager has been working a lot on the boys’ fitness.
“It is key as a whole team to get an understanding, whatever XI is out there and whoever plays will understand their role in the team.
“I think that is important for the whole team to know what they are doing in every situation on the pitch.”
Steven Gerrard takes charge of his first game as Rangers manager as Bury visit Ibrox Stadium on Friday 6 July, with the kick off at 7:15pm and tickets are now on sale.
Many new faces are expected to make their Rangers debuts and this match will be an ideal test before competitive football begins with the Europa League qualifiers the following week.
Bury, who will start the new season in League Two having been relegated from League One, are managed by Ryan Lowe who still plays too having enjoyed a long career in England’s lower leagues.
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