Rangers midfielder Ross McCrorie has admitted that reaching the group stages of the Europa League last season was a “huge relief” as the shadow of the club’s humiliating defeat in Luxembourg two years ago still looms large.
The Gers made it through four qualifying rounds last year to reach the groups and will need to repeat that if they are to reach the groups again this season.
“It was a big achievement for us because you saw the year before what can happen if you get it wrong in Luxembourg,” McCrorie said, as quoted by The Herald.
“There was relief, but it was down to the hard work that the players put in on the training ground.”
The Gers could come up against the Luxembourgish minnows in the second qualifying round and it would be the ideal opportunity for the Light Blues to get a measure of revenge.
With less than three weeks to go, Gerrard’s side will need to be at their best from day one if they are to avoid a humiliating defeat.