In a RangersTV interview, Steven Gerrard has asked his players to go again ahead of the second leg of their Europa League Third Round Qualifying tie against FC Midtjylland.
The Gers hammered Hibs 6-1 at Ibrox on Sunday and will be back in action at home on Thursday evening.
They carry a 4-2 advantage into the game, after a mainly impressive away performance in Denmark. With so many away goals in the bank, some would argue the Gers’ position is unassailable.
Yet, the manager sees it differently.
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Gerrard warns Rangers players against complacency
“I wouldn’t say it’s in a fantastic place, we’ve got a good advantage having a two-goal lead,” Gerrard told RangersTV. “But, I think I’ve seen enough from Midtjylland to deserve respect and to realise that the tie’s not done.”
“I think we’ve got to work hard, do the stuff out of possession and really be hungry to go and get the job done and finish it off.”
Unless something disastrous happens on Thursday evening, Rangers should progress through to the playoff round of Europa League qualifying.
Midtjylland come into the game with renewed confidence after recording a good victory of their own on Sunday.
They are certainly no mugs and with three goals in his last two appearances, Sory Kaba brings a real threat up top.
Yet, despite all that, given the advantage the Gers have, they will need to have a shocker to fail to progress.
With these comments, that’s exactly what Gerrard is trying to guard against. If his side comes out with intensity and gets the first goal, it will be job done. If roles were reversed though and Midtjylland caught the hosts cold, then Ibrox could suddenly become decidedly shifty.
The groundwork has already been laid, but professionalism must be shown in order to finish it off.