ANDY HALLIDAY believes it would be a “massive achievement” for Rangers if they can make it through to the Europa League knockout stage.

The Light Blues are in the Austrian capital for tomorrow’s massive tie with Gers knowing a win guarantees them European football after Christmas for the first time in eight years.

And Halliday, speaking at tonight’s press conference, reckons he and his teammates have already shown they belong at this level of continental competition.

He explained at tonight’s press conference: “It would be a massive achievement. Obviously our first step was to gain qualification to the group stage, and like I said, once we had done that, we wanted to show that we belong in this competition.

“I think since gameweek one we have done that. No matter who we have played, we have had an inner belief we can cause upsets and get results when needed.

“We got a positive result last time we played Rapid, and although there have been difficult opponents, I think we have shown ourselves in good stead.

“But we have one to go and it would be a massive achievement if we can get this one done.”

Halliday knows the performances in Gers’ last two domestic matches haven’t been quite what the team have been used to this campaign, but he believes the squad have it in them to lift themselves to a whole new performance level tomorrow.

He added: “If you had offered us 90 minutes to go through to the Last 32, we would have taken it. I think we were probably the underdogs going into the group and, although we have shown respect to every team we have faced, I think we have gone into every game with the belief we can get results.

“For that reason, we have put ourselves in a place where we have 90 minutes to make it to the Last 32.

“We realised that our last two domestic performances have not been of the standard that we have set this season, and we need to improve in all areas.

“It has been a couple of disappointing results, but we have bounced back before. It is one thing that I am pretty positive within this group we have the character to bounce back.

“We showed that after the semi-final against Aberdeen where we put a run on after that, so I think this game is a welcome distraction for us and a big thing this season is we want to show we belong in this competition, and I certainly believe we have done that.”

 

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