WHILE accepting the road will be long and challenging, Kenny Miller insists Rangers should be targeting the Europa League group stages.
The striker was no stranger to European football at Rangers in his previous two spells in both the UEFA Cup and Champions League, and now he will have the opportunity to represent the club in the Europa League for the first time.
The draw takes place tomorrow for the first and second qualifying rounds, and Miller can’t wait to see who Gers get to play.
He explained: “The goal is to make it through to the group stages, and to do that, we are going to have to do it the hard way. We have eight games potentially to get through, and there is no point in looking at our potential opponents come the third and fourth round as we need to get through this first one.
“We look forward to the draw and seeing who we get. As players, we are looking forward to playing again at that level of football.
“For me, it’s another opportunity I thought I might never have had again. And for the fans, I’m sure they’ve been craving these European nights, particularly back at Ibrox.
“Wherever we have gone, we have always had a fantastic backing and I’m sure that will be the same wherever we have to go.”
On the domestic front, Miller wouldn’t be drawn on specific targets, however he did insist the club must simply be better than they were last season.
He added: “Personal targets will always come hand in hand with team success. For me, it is about us being better than we were last year – a lot better.
“We touched on the signings and by the looks of that we are going to be better equipped to be more competitive from week to week and potentially hit a good level of consistency through the course of the season.
“For me, I want to be playing regularly, and I feel great. At the back of last season I finished with three 90 minute games in the space of a week and still felt strong and fit, and come into this season really looking forward to it and playing my part in what I hope will be a successful season.”