Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has admitted that Slavia Prague will be a “bigger challenge” for the Light Blues in the Europa League than Royal Antwerp were in the last round – and the Gers boss can’t wait for the “mouth-watering tie” later this month.
The Light Blues have matched last season’s progress in the competition and could go one better if the can get by the Czech side who knocked Brendan Rodgers’ Leicester City out in the last round.
Gerrard doesn’t want to “wait or stumble” as the Gers go into a huge few weeks knowing they can win the title and further boost Scotland’s chances of securing an automatic Champions League place in the future.
“March presents the opportunity to get over the line in terms of the league,” Gerrard said [BBC].
“We want to grab that as quick as we can. We don’t want to wait or to stumble.
“In terms of the Europa League, we are really excited and have a decent chance to improve on last year’s journey.
“But we also know Slavia will be a bigger challenge. Knocking Leicester out was a big coup for them. It’s a mouth-watering tie.”
Before the Light Blues have to worry about Slavia though, there’s the small matter of league games against Livingston and St. Mirren.
Gerrard’s side could end up as Champions by the end of the weekend – although it is more likely that the title won’t be secured until after the Slavia ties.
A win over the Czech’s would be a fantastic result for the Light Blues as they prepare for next season’s return to the Champions League and the boost to the coefficient should benefit clubs for years to come.
Many are looking to the Old Firm later this month as the date when Rangers will seal the title, but it’s possible that the Gers could be crowned champions this weekend.