JORDAN Rossiter admits European football has very much been on the menu for the Gers in Spain.
The 21-year-old told RangersTV that the squad had sat down to discuss righting the wrongs of last season’s failed Europa League campaign and Steven Gerrard also had his say.
Rossiter explained that the Rangers players had talked about how special European nights would be at Ibrox as the team placed pressure on themselves to reach the group stages of the competition.
He told RTV: “The lads were all speaking about the Progrès game a few days ago.
“We all said it wasn’t good for the club, it wasn’t good for ourselves and we all know we need to put things right in the next few weeks.
“The gaffer reiterated that and that this club needs to be back into Europe and all the lads know that as well. I am sure we are going to do everything we can to get into that group stage.
“I was thinking about it, as were all the lads; 50,000 at Ibrox every other Thursday, going out and playing in a European tie and seeing the fans follow us everywhere. The club can only benefit from that and we can only benefit as players.”
Rossiter is midway through Rangers pre-season training camp on the Costa del Sol and he thinks the work there can light a fire for a successful campaign back in Scotland.
There are seven new faces in the travelling team, as well Steven Gerrard, Gary McAllister and the three new additions to the backroom staff – Michael Beale, Tom Culshaw and Jordan Milsom.
The midfielder continued: “It is good, it has been enjoyable, obviously it has been tough but you can’t complain about where we are.
“We are in some fantastic facilities, we are in the sun every day and we really can’t complain about that. This will stand us in good stead for the new season.
“I have had some tough pre-seasons in my career but this has been the hardest, it has been enjoyable toughness though if that makes sense.
“We are out here together, we are all mixing and we’re bonding, it has been really good so far.
“We are training in the heat which might not feel nice at the moment everyday but when we get back to Glasgow we will really see the benefits of it and I am sure we will be flying from it.”