STEVEN GERRARD was left with mixed feelings following this evening’s Europa League draw away to FK Shkupi.
The Ibrox gaffer was pleased with some parts of his side’s performance but less-so with others in the 0-0 draw which sees them through 2-0 on aggregate to the second qualifying round.
Speaking to RangersTV at the Philip II Arena, Gerrard said: “I think we are pleased with some things, and we are disappointed in some others.
“I think out of possession our shape was good, I thought we were aggressive and I am pleased with the clean sheet. I thought Allan McGregor and the two centre-backs were outstanding.
“I think they got one real chance on goal late-on, which we will look at. I am disappointed with us in possession for the first 30-minutes as I don’t think we passed the ball or retained the ball well enough.
“And, throughout the game, there was a serious lack of quality in the final third. Our game-management was really good today, and I think we handled everything that was thrown at us besides that one chance. So, I think there is a base there to move forward on in terms of how we want it to look away from home.
“There is definitely a base and a shape and a platform for us to build on. We will get better on the ball and we will improve in the final third.
“There are certain things I am happy with, and certain things that I am pleased with, but I am concerned with the lack of quality in the final third.”
Gerrard was asked to pick out a few further positives, and continued: “Defensively we were really good. I set the players a challenge before the game – a clean sheet and we are through. I think there is still a little bit of a mental block going on, especially with what happened 12 months ago.
“We had chances to go and score ourselves down the other end, and the scoreline and the feeling might feel a little bit better. At the moment, I am a bit mixed right now. I am pleased with the one side of the game, but there is certainly a hell of a lot of work to do on the other.”
The manager was also fulsome in his praise for the wonderful backing his players received from the traveling supporters in Skopje, adding: “It was unbelievable. They never fail and they are always here supporting the team and are always behind us.
“We could hear them all game and we thank them for that support. We move on now, and we have rewarded ourselves with a chance in the next phase.
“But one thing is for sure, we’ll have to improve.”