Steven Gerrard believes that Rangers should convene their warrior spirit in Russia next week to close Ufa and secure a place in the group stage of the Europa League.
The first goal of Connor Goldson means that the men of Gerrard take a slim lead in the play-off of the second stage, after their opponents were deep in a defensive game plan last night.
Rangers have in each of their three previous qualifying matches & # 39; clean sheets & # 39; noted against FK Shkupi, Osijek and Maribor.
Steven Gerrard thinks that Rangers should summon their warrior spirit in Russia
And Gerrard knows that they have to dig deep again to get over the bill and complete the journey back to continental fame.
& # 39; Is it enough? I would like to have a bigger advantage, of course I would do that, "he said. & # 39; Look, next week we have another difficult game. The clean slate can be important, that is certainly a positive point. We will not let ourselves be carried away.
We understand and respect the opposition and we need a performance full of heroes and warriors next week.
& # 39; But we are able to go there, be hard to play against and defend well as we have shown before. We are also able to achieve an important goal from a distance. & # 39;
Rangers are one of the few teams that have completed the playoffs of the first qualifying round.
When asked whether it would be a shame to take the last hurdle, Gerrard replied: "It would be a shame – we have to go there and make sure it is not a shame.
& # 39; We have to give a performance in which we do everything that is needed to get the letter. I am not prepared to go there and to get away with regret and it is a disgrace. & # 39;
The Ibrox boss felt that his side had been able to offer more incision in the first half, but after he had made 10 undefeated under his command, he was proud of their overall progress.
The first half goal of Connor Goldson means that Gerrard's men take a slim lead in the second stage
& # 39; I was disappointed with my team in the first 45 minutes, "he admitted. & # 39; I did not think we were going through the acceleration, we were a bit flat. I thought we waited for the crowd to lift us. We have asked the players to lift the crowd and follow the momentum.
& # 39; The second half was closer to what I wanted. We played with the intensity and focus on the front foot.
We kept them in their half for most of the second half. We just did not get the rewards for how we played.
& # 39; The players have been fantastic so far. We are doing well, but it is important to maintain and improve it.
& # 39; It is still early, but I think we are a bit further than I thought.
& # 39; I have nothing bad to say about my team. I am proud of them so far.
Rangers have recorded clean sheets in each of their three previous qualifying matches
"Of course I wanted to have a bit more of an advantage and a better show in the first half, but I do not criticize them."
The stuffy tactics of Ufa were accompanied by 17 errors before the break, with Gerrard less than impressed by the Polish referee Daniel Stefanski.
& # 39; There were five or six erroneous throws, players were fouling constantly and were not penalized and two of my players made their first mistake and got yellow, & # 39; said Gerrard, who saw Kyle Lafferty book after his introduction in the second half.
& # 39; I am surprised. Refs on this standard are normally better than that.
& # 39; I will not talk about refs – it is not important now. It's finished. But we could also have had a better performance from him. & # 39;