STEVEN GERRARD is thinking about fielding a much-changed Rangers line-up for the Europa League game against Rapid Vienna at Ibrox tomorrow night.

The Liverpool legend guided the team to a 2-2 draw in their opening group stage encounter in Villarreal last month and wants to build on that point against the Austrian outfit

Gerrard was far from satisfied with the team’s display in their 1-0 loss at Livingston on Sunday and said: “I think we have learnt a lot about some individual players and about us as a team.

“Some things smack you in the face and are made that little bit more obvious. There is a saying in football: ‘You learn more through defeat’ – and I can definitely understand that.

“This defeat will improve me because I made a few mistakes within that game, as well. The first thing I do is I always analyse myself and my staff, what did we do? Did we do anything wrong? Could we have done anything different or better?

“You hope that your players are going to do that themselves individually because if you’re a proper player then the first thing you do is self-reflect and analyse yourself.”


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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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