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Gerrard: 'European qualification crucial'

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Pin Steven Gerrard demands European success from his team. AFP
Steven Gerrard demands European success from his team. AFP

Gerrard: 'European qualification crucial'

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Steven Gerrard has highlighted the importance of his Rangers side reaching the group stages of the Europa League.

Rangers face a crucial match in their season on Thursday as they head to Russia for the second leg of the Europa League qualification stage against FC Ufa.

The Scottish side managed to win 1-0 in the home leg, and will have the chance to get a crucial away goal in the match to qualify for the group stage of the competition for the first time in eight season.

With a the first Old Firm derby of the season just three days after the game in Russia, Gerrard is keen on his players concentrating on the game at hand before thinking about the Celtic game.

"When I spoke to a lot of the guys I've brought in, European football is what they wanted and that is the stage they desire for their own individual careers." the 2005 Champions League winner said.

"We all know how important it is for the club financially, so it is crucial for everyone connected to Rangers and we need to show that in our performance against Ufa.

"Qualification for the group stage of the Europa League was just part of the chat when I first discussed the job with the board.

"It was one of the challenges that the board set myself and the players and we hope we can deliver for them."

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