Rangers through to Europa League group stage


Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has pledged to stand by Alfredo Morelos and Jon Flanagan despite their red cards in the Europa League playoff encounter at FC Ufa. There is no doubt Steven has made a difference to them and made a change to them, a positive change.

"It is magnificent to be part of this but it doesn't stop now, we have got over the first hurdle and we're not just there to make number up, the mentality has shifted again."

"In my career I have known about expectations and the expectation was that we were expected to come here and scored".

"I am looking forward to seeing Steven", Rodgers told the club's channel.

'The challenge gets harder the closer you get to where you want to be, but we have proved that we can go into these environments and perform.

Gerrard is the fourth manager to take charge of the Gers in an Old Firm match since Rodgers joined Celtic in 2016.

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While Gerrard's focus is on securing a result in the Neftyanik Stadium to bank a £6million payday from group-stage football, work is continuing back in Scotland to tie up late deals before the transfer window closes on Friday night.

'He is a very unsafe player and, while you never want to see anyone injured, we are thankful he wasn't available to play against us.

Last week, Karanka said: "If Joe wants to go and it is the right place for him to play and all of us agree that it is the right thing for everyone - I would understand that. It's something I'm sure will change over the next few days".

Celtic are now managed by Brendan Rodgers, the man who brought Milner to Anfield in the summer of 2015, while the midfielder's former Reds and England teammate Steven Gerrard is now at the helm at Rangers.

Prove yourself to be a player who can't keep his inner child in check, you're inviting the opposition to rile you up and let your teammates down. We hope he can go away and do himself justice and I believe he will'.