Europa League: "It's now or never" for Rangers in the second leg against Legia Warsaw
Europa League: "It's now or never" for Rangers in the second leg against Legia Warsaw
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Europa League: "It's now or never" for Rangers in the second leg against Legia Warsaw

​Steven Gerrard believes that Rangers missed a cracking opportunity to have their foot at the Europa League group stages in Poland.

Rangers struggled in their match against Legia Warsaw where they ended up playing to a goalless draw which left Gerrard rather frustrated.

The Liverpool legend has now called on his charges to put everything they have on the pitch when they go into the second leg as he believes that's the only shot they have at this point. 

He told RangersTV: “The one big chance of the night has come to us and unfortunately we couldn’t take it.

“There’s a lot of things about the game that we’re very pleased about. I thought we stuck together in a very hostile atmosphere.

“Legia area good team and I thought they proved that tonight.

“Certainly in the first half, we were really, really good. We all backed ourselves, we all played and gave a really good account of ourselves. Second half I felt we lacked a bit of bravery.

“We were passing it well but with no real penetration beside Alfredo’s opening, which was a real chance, and Niko’s half-chance with the header.

“I would have liked to see us create a bit more second half but all in all we’ve come to a real tough place and kept a clean sheet.

“The tie is in the balance but we’re going back to our place now so the atmosphere completely changes full circle.

“The boys need the four sides of the ground next week to get the place jumping and rocking. Every challenge, every decision, the crowd have to be with us from start to finish. I would like to see us being braver in the final third but I’m sure that will come.

“The majority of the time at Ibrox we do create chances. If we can take our chances I expect us to score the goals that will take us through.

“But because we haven’t got the away goal it’s important that we defend well too.”

Gerrard further added: “Do we not say that about them most weeks? I’ve been talking now about Ryan Jack’s consistency for a long time.

“Ryan loves a challenge, he loves the big stage and I think he’s really enjoying playing in this system.

“We need to keep him in this form as long as we can.

“On night’s like tonight when we’re playing against these teams with experience and spend a lot of money, it’s only normal that we’re going to have to rely on Allan.

“But again he was big for us.”

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