STEVEN Gerrard says when you sign up to play for Rangers you sign up for opportunities like the Gers’ over Aberdeen on Sunday to reach their first final under the new manager.
Gerrard has his first chance of silverware with the Light Blues in the League Cup and the Dons stand between Rangers and a place in December’s final.
He doesn’t believe his players will feel the pressure of the occasion at Hampden Park, in fact he stresses that is why most of his signings moved to Ibrox.
Speaking to the media Gerrard said: “I never played at Hampden but it is no different for me, I will go and do what I do at any other stadium and that is go there with a game plan for the players to try and win.
“I appreciate it is a huge game, it is a semi-final and I used to love playing in them as a player.
“I am really excited and looking forward to the challenge at the weekend against Aberdeen, a big rival of ours. We are excited, they are excited and I think it has all the makings of being a good game.
“I think we have faced many big games already; Spartak on Thursday night in front of a full house at Ibrox was big.
“We have filled our stadium for every game we have played in, they have all been big and they all feel as big as each other. Of course we know there is a final at stake and this one comes with a bit of an edge.
“When you sign up to Rangers, as a coach or a player, then you sign up to try and add to that wonderful history and tradition that comes with the club.
“The responsibility lies on us this time around, we except that and we go there and give it our best.
“We want to play in a final and we want our fans to go to a final but we have a tough game ahead of us.
“I signed up to be Rangers manager, hopefully to have the opportunity to play in big stadiums and play in big games and have the opportunities to make the supporters happy.
“All the signings I have brought in have all spoken about moments and occasions like this one, which presents itself at the weekend.”
Rangers will be forced to play with no recognised striker on Sunday with both Alfredo Morelos and Kyle Lafferty unavailable.
When asked if he would have enough fire power Gerrard said: “That is the question I am asking the players, the squad, have we? That is what everyone wants to know and the stage is set for us to go and answer that question.
“It is very difficult to predict but we will have a game plan, we will have enough quality on the pitch to win the game if we max out and hit the heights that we are capable of.
“Wait and see what I do on Sunday, kick-off half four so you don’t have to wait too long and then you will see my game plan and see what we are trying to do and we’ll see if it works.”
Gerrard could welcome Scott Arfield back to his squad with the midfielder recovering well from the hamstring issue he picked up while on international duty with Canada.
He continued: “In terms of injury we have come through pretty well from last night. Borna Barisic won’t be available
“Scott trained this morning; he came through fine so he is available for training tomorrow, which will be the match day minus one session. Assuming he has no issues after that he will be available for selection.
“Graham Dorrans, along with the medical staff and the surgeon have decided the best way for him is to have surgery on his knee. He will be missing for definitely a few months.”