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GERRARD DISAPPOINTED WITH CELTIC LOSS

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STEVEN GERRARD has admitted Celtic’s Champions League exit is disappointing.

Rangers’ Glasgow rivals were sent crashing out of Europe’s elite tournament after they lost 4-3 to Romanian outfit Cluj to drop into the Europa Leaue on a 5-4 aggregate loss.

The Ibrox boss, though, insisted every Scottish team required success to raise the country’s UEFA co-efficient.

With the nation currently ranked 20th in the European ranking system, Scotland’s representatives face difficult qualification campaigns to reach the latter lucrative stages, a situation that will only be changed with positive results and a rise in co-efficient points.

From that perspective, Gerrard said he hadn’t been happy to see Neil Lennon’s men receive a shock from the Romanians in Glasgow.

The Gers gaffer, speaking to STV, said: “It’s certainly going to be detrimental because all the Scottish teams need to do as well as we can to improve the co-efficient and give ourselves an advantage in these European competitions.

“From that aspect, it is very disappointing. But for me, I’m the manager of Glasgow Rangers and my focus is on and the challenges that face us.”

Gerrard leads his players into tomorrow night’s game against Midtjylland with a 4-2 lead from last week’s first leg in Denmark.

He added: “What last night shows is that European ties are never over, even when you get a positive result in the first leg.

“Some of these teams that people don’t know much about – Cluj from Romania, for example, or Midtjylland from Denmark – they carry a huge threat.

“They’re so desperate for financial reasons to progress, like most of us, so my players need to take note of last night and make sure we deal with our second leg much better.”

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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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