Rangers fans don’t need to fear a park the bus mentality from Rangers tonight, according to Steven Gerrard.
Rangers are set to try and all but secure passage into the last 32 with a win over Spartak Moscow in Russia this evening. The contest is set to be a blockbuster as both sides try to get a huge three points.
A point also wouldn’t be the worst result for Rangers, who still have to travel to Rapid Vienna and host Villarreal after facing Spartak Moscow in Russia. Other sides in this scenario would maybe think about being overly negative in Russia to secure the point.
Gerrard, however, claims that won’t be the case tonight as he sets his side up for a huge battle.
“The easiest thing to do in football is park the bus. In certain games you put men behind the ball, frustrate and time-waste. You play for that set-piece or that one moment that gives you something to hang on to. There are certain games where maybe you are left with no choice, but it’s not my style.
“I want to coach and enjoy football and I don’t want to be negative. I want us to be as positive as we can. We believe in attacking football and entertainment. I believe in that.”
Rangers at their best on the front foot
It’s difficult to deny, but Rangers are at their best when on the front foot against sides. We all saw that in Villarreal, when Rangers were poor in the opening 45 minutes before exploiting the La Liga side’s weaknesses in the second.
Like it or not, Rangers simply don’t have the defensive quality to sit back and soak up pressure for 90 minutes solid. You’re bound to concede with too little effort going forward.
Gerrard has learned from his time in the hot-seat so far that his side can trouble most if they play their game. The likes of James Tavernier, Alfredo Morelos, and Daniel Candeias will be central to this. All three need top performances tonight in Russia.
It’s clear, however, that Gers fans don’t need to be worried about their side staying on the back foot this evening. The manager simply won’t allow it.