STEVEN GERRARD reckons there’s a ‘quiet confidence’ in the Rangers squad the Light Blues can make it out their Europa League group.
The Gers go into their opening match with Villarreal tomorrow night having made it through four qualifying rounds, something Gerrard reckons was unprecedented outside of the Ibrox dressing room.
And, he revealed the Light Blues players think they have a chance of going even further.
Speaking at this evening’s press conference at Estadio Ceramica in Villarreal, he said: “I think it is important we take one game at a time. We are the underdogs in the group in terms of people’s opinions on the outside, but inside the dressing room, we have a quiet confidence about us and a belief that we can cause an upset, a shock and try to get out of the group.
“I will always say the same thing, it is important to face what is in front of you, and that is Villarreal right now. But, of course, we are not here to make the numbers up. We are here to challenge the group and see where we end up.
“I don’t think this game tomorrow highlights how far I’ve taken the group – it highlights how far they have come themselves, how much they have grown and how much hard work they have put in to deserve this stage.
“But we all believe it is where this club should be – we are at a huge football club which has had difficult times. I don’t think many gave us a chance of getting to this stage.
“We are in a good place, and if teams want to underestimate us or write us off, then that’s fine. What is important to me is the players and what is happening in the dressing room.
“I can see a togetherness growing, and I can see a team growing. I am happy where we are at this stage.”
Gerrard also gave an injury update, adding: “The suspensions we have tomorrow are clear – Jon Flanagan and Alfredo Morelos. Ryan Jack and Ovie Ejaria are still not available, and Gareth McAuley is still not available.
“Kyle [Lafferty] will lead the line for us tomorrow night, I don’t think there is any secret about that. He comes into the game in really good form and in a good place.
“He is the type of player who Villarreal won’t be used to playing against on a weekly basis. He brings different strengths and attributes than your typical La Liga striker.
“I am really looking forward to seeing him play tomorrow. This is a great stage for him, a great stage for all the players, and they have all earned the right for this opportunity to play against such a good team.”