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GERRARD WELCOMES ‘HOSTILE’ TIE

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RANGERS boss Steven Gerrard has revealed he will relish a “hostile” Europa League first leg play-off against Legia Warsaw next week.

The Liverpool legend led his team to within two games of the group stages for the second successive season after last night’s 3-1 win over Denmark’s FC  Midtjylland at Ibrox for a comfortable 7-3 aggregate triumph.

The Gers, who have lost just twice in 20 European games, will travel to Poland for the first leg on Thursday with the return in Glasgow seven days later.

Gerrard, speaking to Rangers TV, said: “Legia have big experience, so they deserve respect.

“I think they’ve kept a lot of clean sheets of late and we’ll be going to a hostile environment away from home, but it’s a game we’re really looking forward to.”

The Govan gaffer has seen his side hammer in 19 goals in six games in European competition this term while conceding only three.

Alfredo Morelos, top scorer in the last campaign with 30 strikes, scored twice against the Danes while on-loan Liverpool forward Sheyi Ojo adding the other.

Gerrard elected to play the Colombian hitman at the start ahead of Jermain Defoe who thumped in a hat-trick in the 6-1 rout of Hibs at the weekend.

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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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