RANGERS boss Steven Gerrard is demanding “heroes and warriors” when they face FC Ufa in Russia on Thursday.

The rookie Ibrox gaffer watched his side claim a 1-0 advantage in their Europa League first leg play-off against difficult opponents.

Connor Goldson grabbed the winner in the first-half, but Gerrard was hoping his side could take a bigger lead to the Republic of Bashkortostan.

He said: “Is our lead enough? I’d like a bigger advantage, of course I would. Listen, we’ve got another tough game next week. The clean sheet might be important, that’s certainly a positive. We won’t be getting carried away.

“We understand and respect the opposition and we need a performance full of heroes and warriors next week.

“But we are capable of going there, being hard to play against and defending well like we’ve shown before. We are also capable of getting an important away goal.

“It would be a shame if we missed out on the group stages. We have to put in a performance where we do all it takes to get over the line.

“I’m not for going there and coming away with regrets.”

Goldson fired home four minutes before half-time after Ufa keeper Aleksandr Belenov failed to keep hold of Alfredo Morelos’ header.

Substitute Kyle Lafferty was back a day after completing his Rangers return from Hearts, but he could not cap off a dream second debut with a goal.

The narrow victory means Gers have now racked up 10 games without defeat under Gerrard.


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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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