Gerrard: "I need players who can handle the atmosphere" ahead of Europa League clash

Gerrard: "I need players who can handle the atmosphere" ahead of Europa League clash

Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has admitted that he wants his players to be fearless ahead of the side's match against Feyenoord in the Europa League on Thursday night.

Gerrard's charges will be going head to head against Rangers former manager Dick Advocaat as they look to secure a spot in the Round of 32 of the competition.

The former Liverpool star will be hoping the side puts on an inspiring performance no matter the challenges they will face.

“I’m going to need the players to be brave. I need players who can handle the atmosphere, certainly early on," Gerrard told Sky Sports. 

“It’s the reason why I rested Steve Davis at the weekend, so he could be fresh. I need big players with character and bravery. They need to stand up and be counted.

“We’ve certainly rehearsed this type of challenge. We took on Legia in front of an incredible atmosphere and stood up and were brave in front of a hostile arena.

“But I’m still going to need players to perform. I need my attacking players to provide big moments for us. We’re going to have to stick together because we’re aware this is a lot tougher than the task we faced at Ibrox.”

“Dick is a manager who has been at this level for many, many years. I’ve got an incredible amount of respect for him. He has big experiences throughout Europe.

“A manager like that will always give a team a lift, will improve certain things.

“I’m sure he could look in at Feyenoord and see where things were going wrong and I’ve noticed that he’s tweaked those areas already having studied their recent performances.

“It will be a more difficult challenge than at Ibrox.”