Gerrard playing balancing act

04 December 2020 23:23:58 GMTPlus10

Rangers manager Steven Gerrard would love for his side to finish top of their Europa League group but admits he must first weigh up "what the key games are and make decisions from there".

Gerrard's Gers booked their place in the Europa League knockout stage with a 3-2 victory over Standard Liege on Thursday night.

My players want to compete against the best and be challenged by the best so the longer we stay in Europe the better.

Steven Gerrard

Connor Goldson, James Tavernier and Scott Arfield all got on the scoresheet for the Glaswegians, who are level on points with Benfica in Group D going into their clash with Lech Poznan on matchday six.

Qualifying for the knockout stages alongside their superb domestic campaign so far demonstrates how far Rangers have come under Liverpool legend Gerrard.

Rangers are 11 points clear of Old Firm rivals Celtic at the top of the table, winning 13 and drawing two of their 15 league matches this term, and although Gerrard believes they have become stronger, he insists staying in Europe is key to their progression.

Speaking after the game, Gerrard said: "We have better players and the squad is stronger and the competition for places have improved.

"My players want to compete against the best and be challenged by the best so the longer we stay in Europe the better.

"Would I like us to finish top? Of course. At Rangers you always want to aim to be top. You've always got to aim to be first but I've got to look at the big picture and realise what's more important and what the key games are and make decisions from there."

Meanwhile, Rangers are 1.12 to beat Ross County, who are 15.00 to win with the draw 9.00 in the Scotland Premiership.

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