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‘BEATING SAINTS THE PRIORITY,’ GERRARD

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STEVEN GERRARD has revealed his focus this season is NOT on making an impact in Europe, despite Thursday night’s 2-2 draw with Villarreal in Spain.

The Rangers boss was delighted with his team’s performance and the goals from Scott Arfield and Kyle Lafferty in the opening Europa League game against quality opposition, but he has told his players to concentrate on picking up Premiership points against St Johnstone at Ibrox tomorrow.

Gerrard emphasised: “Sunday, in my eyes, is more important than Villarreal.

“I made it clear to the players when we came back after the international break, following the setback against Celtic, the league games are the priority.

“Obviously, Villarreal was very important, but for me the league is the priority.”

The Perth Saints are unbeaten since the opening day of the campaign and gaffer Tommy Wright reckons his side can cause an upset in Govan.

The Iirishman said: “Steven obviously adds a lot of pulling power there. They’ve done incredibly well in Europe, so we’re well aware that it will be a difficult game.

“I’ve said it all season so far – we just want to focus on ourselves and how we can impact the game – I know that if my players play to the best of their ability we can be a match for Rangers.”

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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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