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Steven Gerrard: Rangers want no additional motivation for Osijek problem

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Steven Gerrard: Rangers want no additional motivation for Osijek problem

Rangers lead the tie because of an Alfredo Morelos purpose in Croatia
Europa League qualifying: Rangers v Osijek (agg 1-0)
Venue: Ibrox Stadium Date: Thursday, 2 August Kick-off: 19:45 BST
Protection: Updates on BBC Radio Scotland 810MW/DAB/on-line; stay textual content protection on the BBC Sport web site

Steven Gerrard is paying no heed to backbiting from Osijek and is bound Rangers can be too sturdy for the Croatians at Ibrox on Thursday.

Osijek’s Robert Mudrazija claimed his aspect had been “higher, stronger, extra skilful and higher organised” regardless of dropping the primary leg 1-0.

Midfielder Mudrazija was additionally quoted calling Rangers boss Gerrard a “tiny man” after the Europa League qualifier.

“The opposition are very assured,” stated Gerrard.

“I do not suppose they’ve had many optimistic phrases to say about us. Do their feedback give us further motivation? Not likely. My job is to organize my staff and my gamers.

“We’ll all the time be respectful to opponents, each individually and collectively, right here at Rangers. We will not management what comes out of opposition camps.”

A detailed-range header from Alfredo Morelos gave Rangers victory final week however Gerrard needs his staff to overlook about their first-leg benefit.

“We’re assured, we won’t look forward to the sport,” he stated. “We’re wanting ahead to a particular ambiance.

“The stage is about for us to go and play how we’re able to enjoying. I made it very clear to the gamers on the weekend [a 3-0 friendly win over Wigan] what Ibrox needs to see from us in possession and out of possession. The gamers will know the gameplan and now they should go and ship.

“They should overlook what occurred within the first leg – this sport can be completely completely different.

“They should overlook in regards to the scoreline and considering they’ve a bonus, as a result of they should go toe-to-toe with this opposition. If we do and play to our stage, I am very assured we’ll get the proper consequence.”

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