RANGERS may not be afraid of any Legia Warsaw players – but Steven Gerrard insists the Light Blues have full respect for every one of their opponents tomorrow.

Gers face the Poles for a place in the Europa League group stage tomorrow night, and the manager knows his side are in for a thorough examination of their credentials here at the Polish Army Stadium tomorrow.

Speaking at tonight’s press conference, Gerrard explained: “We’re not afraid of any Legia players. We respect them all as we think they are a good team who have done extremely well to get to this stage.

“They are a big club and a big name in European football, and a team who isn’t conceding many goals.

“They are a very organised team and they have some exciting players in the final third. But, I’m not really a manager who mentions individual names 24 hours before a game, I think that’s unnecessary.

“But we come here with big respect for this team.”

The manager was asked by local Polish media if qualifying for the Europa League or domestic success was more important to him, and he responded: “The answer is pretty simple – I think they are both very important. A club the size of Rangers has to compete for all the prizes that are available.

“Of course, for financial reasons, the Europa League is very important and also for our supporters.

“That goes the same for everything domestically, so they are both very important to us.”

Gerrard was also asked about the squad he has brought to Poland after Filip Helander’s name didn’t appear on the initial UEFA list, but does so now.

He added: “The rules in the competition I think are you get up to 24 hours to confirm your squad anyway.

“For some reason, there is a big rush to get 22 over, so when we qualified against Midtjylland, within 24 hours, you have to give a squad of 22 players straight away.

“I don’t know why, so I wouldn’t really read too much into who is on that list.

“In terms of the media, they should be more concerned about who is selected in the final squad as that has to be picked 24 hours before the game.

“So I didn’t confirm my squad until this morning. But I wouldn’t read anything into it.”

Gerrard was also quizzed on the huge traveling support the Light Blues have brought to Poland, and he said: “In terms of our supporters, it’s no surprise we have fantastic support out here.

“We want to give them a performance to be proud of, but in terms of numbers, nothing ever surprises me wherever we are in the world when you see big, big numbers of Rangers fans as they follow this team everywhere, and that’s the reason why it is such a big club.”

 

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