Rangers manager Steven Gerrard believes his squad’s improved depth can allow them to overcome their”underdog” standing to advance from your Europa League group stage.
Following a strong beginning to the group stage of the competition last season, Rangers came up agonisingly short, missing out on the last matchday having taken just a single point from their final 3 games.
With Gerrard having experienced a summer at Ibrox ” the Liverpool captain is convinced his side could compete, even though facing a challenging draw alongside Porto, Young Boys, along with Feyenoord, who they host on Thursday.
“We gave it a fantastic effort a year but sadly we fell short in the previous match,” Gerrard said. “There were times near the end of the class where we needed to pick teams which were possibly below strength, maybe the squad wasn’t powerful enough to cope both domestically and in Europe to get out of this group.
“I’ve got more confidence and perception within this group of players since I believe we’ve added quality for it we’ve got a bit more power in depth.
“Having said that I really do believe this group’s probably a bit harder than a year ago so the challenge is tougher, but it is one we would like to carry on. We don’t fear anyone in the group. We’re the underdogs and we’ll head outside and give it our very best shot.”
Rangers would be without summer-signing Ryan Kent to the visit of Feyernoord later he suffered a hamstring injury during Saturday’s win over Livingston, however, Gerrard did possess an optimistic update on the winger’s progress.
“He is improving. He is now pain-free walking about,” Gerrard said.
“I still think he will be a few weeks away.
“He has got a hamstring problem. They are obviously ones to deal with. They’re accidents that you can not actually rush. So we’ll be patient and have him ready to return, but he’s improving.”
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