STEVEN Gerrard says it is his team’s responsibility to right the wrongs of 2017’s UEFA Europa League knockout at the hands of Progrès Niederkorn.

Rangers face the Luxembourg outfit once more in the second qualifying round of this season’s competition and the manager is determined to get the win but not just to progress in the tournament.

He told the media: “Now that I am a part of it, you do your background and look back on previous successes and previous failures and it’s always nice to be in a position to put a wrong right. That’s the opportunity we’ve got.

“A lot of people were hurt the last time we played this opposition. Maybe not so much in the first leg, because we had a narrow advantage.

“But if I look back at the pictures and read the headlines and articles that were written about our club and our individual players who represented the club at that time and it’s now mine, my staff and my players’ opportunity to put a better feeling around the club.

“I read an article that James Tavernier had done in the last couple of days and you can tell in his words that there’s still a feeling lingering for him from a personal point of view. If he uses that to put in a top performance for us it would be beneficial for everyone.

“For me, it’s not about looking back. It’s about this 90 minutes at Ibrox and we believe that we are in a fantastic place at the minute to go and get the right result that will make everyone happy.

“When I was a player I didn’t really care about who I was playing against. It was more about who I was representing.

“When you work for institutions like Liverpool and Rangers it’s about what you’re going to give for the badge that you’re wearing rather than worrying about what’s in front of you.

“You’ve got to have standards and a hunger to play for these clubs. I expect the players to go out tomorrow and be really hungry and aggressive and try to get this job done as quick as we can.”

Gerrard believes the Gers are in a no-win situation against the side who finished third in Luxembourg National Division last season, having blown away their first round opponents St Joseph’s.

He continued:

“We’re in a position where we can’t really win, because everyone expects us to go and do it easily and blow this team away.

“So I think for us it’s about approaching the game with the right mentality and the right attitude and also about showing the opposition respect.

“I’ve watched them in their last couple of games against Cork and also done a bit of work on them domestically. They have some individuals within them that if you give them time and space in the wrong areas, they can create and score against you.

“They are a threat at set pieces, but as I said, we are in a really good place and if we play at anywhere close to our level, we will get a positive result.”

 

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