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‘BE BRAVE,’ GERRARD URGES HIS STARS

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STEVEN GERRARD will order his Rangers players to be “brave” when they take on Feyenoord in their Europa League Group encounter in Rotterdam tonight.

The Ibrox boss takes his side into the meeting with old Gers gaffer Dick Advocaat knpwing a place in the last 32 of the competition.

Gerrard aims to lead his side into the knock-out stages of European campaign for the first time in NINE years.

His players have already survived trips to Legia Warsaw and Porto in this campaign and the Liverpool legend admitted it will take another courageous performance to get them through to join Celtic in looking forward to European football in 2020.

Gerrard, speaking to SKY Sports, said: “I’m going to need the players to be brave. I need players who can handle the atmosphere, certainly early on.

“It’s the reason why I rested Steve Davis at the weekend, so he could be fresh. I need big players with character and bravery. They need to stand up and be counted.

“We’ve certainly rehearsed this type of challenge. We took on Legia in front of an incredible atmosphere and stood up and were brave in front of a hostile arena.

“But I’m still going to need players to perform. I need my attacking players to provide big moments for us. We’re going to have to stick together because we’re aware this is a lot tougher than the task we faced at Ibrox.”

Gerrard has already seen his side get the better of the Dutch outfit, then bossed by Jaap Stam, in their group opener, with Sheyi Ojo’s strike sealing a 1-0 win in Glasgow..

He looked at his 72-year-old opposite number Advocaat and added: “Dick is a manager who has been at this level for many, many years. I’ve got an incredible amount of respect for him. He has big experiences throughout Europe.

“A manager like that will always give a team a lift, will improve certain things.

“I’m sure he could look in at Feyenoord and see where things were going wrong and I’ve noticed that he’s tweaked those areas already having studied their recent performances.

“It will be a more difficult challenge than at Ibrox.”

 

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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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