Rangers boss Steven Gerrard has said that he wants Ibrox “rocking” next week as the Gers host Legia Warsaw.
The Glasgow club takes a 0-0 draw back to Ibrox with the tie and a place in the Europa League group stages in the balance.
But after the club were sanctioned by UEFA for sectarian singing [Rangers.co.uk], it makes that just a little bit harder.
“We’ve come to a real tough place and we’ve kept a clean sheet, and the tie’s in the balance and we’re going back to our place now so the atmosphere changes full circle,” said Gerrard [RangersTV].
“The boys need the four sides of the ground to get the place jumping and rocking, so every challenge, every decision, every throw-in – the crowd have to be with us from start to finish.
“This game won’t be dead because of the away goal, we’re going to need the fans to stay there with us right to the end and stay behind the team from start to finish.
“Hopefully that support can get us over the line because it was always going to go to the wire.”
Rangers will now close a section of Ibrox which houses 3000 fans for the visit of Legia next week, in what is the club’s biggest game of the season so far.
This will have an undoubted impact on the match and casts further scrutiny on the Rangers players and squad next week.
Steven Gerrard is hoping it won’t make too big of a difference.
“They are going to miss out on the chance to watch the second leg which is all set up for an incredible match,” said Gerrard [Rangers].
“I still think the crowd will be important next week. It’s a small section but it’s still not helpful.
“We do still want to send a clear message to our supporters that we’re going to need them with us in the second leg.
“We need the stadium to be rocking and jumping because as you saw last night, they are tough opponents.”