A RANGERS victory in next month’s glamour legends match with Liverpool is something which is very much on the mind of Michael Mols.
The former Gers striker will line up alongside and in front of a host of stars when the two sides meet at Ibrox on October 12, and in the mind of the Dutchman, there will be nothing overly friendly with his will to win still remaining strong.
Speaking to RangersTV today, he explained: “It’s always fun to meet up with the former players and to play here at Ibrox and I think everyone will be looking forward to it.
“As a player, you always want to win, and that won’t change. Before, you wanted to do it by all means and while now you have in the back of your mind that it’s a friendly, both sides still want to win.”
Mols will now embark on a stringent routine to get into shape as quickly as possible for the match, adding: “I have a few weeks to get to my fitness and I will use every day for it as, like I said before, we want to win.
“The part you really miss is the dressing room and the banter – it will all be the same and it will be perfect to play here once more at Ibrox.”
Lining-up against Mols next month will be Liverpool legend Jason McAteer. He added: “Personally, I’m really looking forward to it as I’ve never played at Ibrox. Our team is getting better and better and I am a little bit worried if I am going to get in!
“That day is coming sooner rather than later! But yeah, we have had some great legends over the years as you know and the club is steeped in history and legacy, and it is great to get with them.
“They are getting younger – Glen Johnson is now a part of our team and Peter Crouch too hopefully is going to be on-board, likewise Emile Heskey and Jamie Carragher – so we have some big names who are going to turn out and we are really looking forward to playing.”
Indeed, the inclusion of a certain Steven Gerrard in the Liverpool squad is sure to be hugely appealing for supporters of both clubs, with McAteer adding: “I’ve just been told I’m playing centre-midfield, so I don’t know how he’ll get in the team to be honest – I think he might struggle!
“He is going to feature for us and it is great to have him back. He always makes an impact wherever he goes and he has played in a few of these games where he has been involved and the crowd certainly keep showing their support for him and he is arguable Liverpool’s greatest player.
“To have him on board and having his influence in the dressing room is a big bonus for us.”
McAteer too shared Mols’ view on the competitive nature of the match, saying: “As footballers, you never lose that winning mentality. Yes, maybe you’re getting older and the body doesn’t do exactly what you want it to do, the head is always pushing you forward and telling you to go and win the game.
“There have been moments in games over the years where you can see that aggression still in players and that is what you want.
“Sometimes you can come to these games and they are all nice with the ball being passed around, but once the adrenaline starts flowing, the will to win as well starts kicking in and usually you get a decent spectacle.”