Steven Gerrard insists there's 'no harm' in Rangers dreaming of Europa League glory

Steven Gerrard admits his Rangers side dream of lifting the Europa League this season after the Ibrox side put themselves in the driving seat to reach the quarter-finals.

Rangers manager Steven Gerrard watched his side draw with Slavia Prague on Thursday. Picture: SNS
Rangers manager Steven Gerrard watched his side draw with Slavia Prague on Thursday. Picture: SNS

The Ibrox boss insists there's “no harm” in thinking they can go all the way following the 1-1 first-leg draw away to Slavia Prague on Thursday evening.

The recently-crowned Scottish Premiership champions were able to come away with a crucial away goal as Filip Helander cancelled out Nicolae Stanciu’s early opener for the hosts.

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It means Gerrard and his men remain undefeated in European competition this season. They’ve chalked up nine wins in 12 encounters through qualification, group stages and now into the knockout rounds. This was despite facing European heavyweights Benfica home and away in the groups.

The club were 90 minutes away from European glory 13 years ago when Walter Smith’s team made it to the final of the Uefa Cup (as it was still branded) where they lost to Russian side Zenit St Petersburg. And Gerrard doesn’t think there’s any harm in thinking this Rangers side can go one step further.

He said: “One hundred per cent we'll dream. We've been dreaming since we qualified. There's no harm in dreaming. But at the same time you've got to have respect for the opposition.

"You've got to realise the challenge and what's coming up against you. This is a side who has gone away to a Premier League team and won comfortably, so in no way can we get carried away.

"It's always nice to dream but we probably have to find our biggest performance of the season at Ibrox to get this done.”

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