Rangers have scored 12 goals in their last two outings either side of the international break and according to Steven Gerrard, there’ll be no easing up against Benfica on Thursday night [BT Sport].
The two sides are due to do battle at Ibrox, with the Gers already on seven points and well placed to advance from Europa League Group D.
However, the manager wants progression to be sealed as early as possible, and a win over the Portuguese giants would boost the Gers’ chances of finishing as group winners.
“We want Thursday to be pivotal,” he said, as quoted by BT Sport. “We want it to be a big night. It’s a shame we haven’t got the crowd here to help us like they have before so we have to motivate ourselves, come out and try and get qualification done as quickly as possible.”
“With three games to go we have given ourselves a fantastic platform, but we are playing against a really good team with top players.
“But we are going to go foot to the floor on Thursday and give it everything we can to try and get the job done because maybe it can help us further down the line domestically.”
Rangers fans will be delighted to hear that their side are heading into this huge game in a positive frame of mind.
Benfica are a team deserving of respect but confidence levels are sky-high in the Gers camp given their performances in both domestic and European competition so far this season.
The visitors are set to be without a number of key players, so Gerrard will feel that this is a particularly good opportunity to go one better than the first encounter in Lisbon by securing a win and moving to the 10-point mark.