Sam Larsson has suggested that he is expecting a brilliant atmosphere inside Ibrox when Feyenoord face Rangers this week, while he also made a prediction about Steven Gerrard’s managerial career, in comments reported by the Evening Times.
The Gers begin their Europa League group-stage campaign on Thursday with a tough test against the Eredivisie side. Jaap Stam’s men are unbeaten in the league so far this term and have won their last four games in all competitions.
It promises to be a fantastic occasion on Thursday when the two sides meet. And ahead of the game, Larsson expressed his excitement about playing against the Scottish Premiership side.
“I think if we are honest and maybe Rangers too, the Europa League is more of our level. I think both us and Rangers will be in competition to qualify. I’ve never played in Scotland before so that will be a first for me,” he said, as reported by the Evening Times.
“I believe Ibrox is very similar to De Kuip because there are great atmospheres in both grounds when they are full. It’s certainly what we want because that will lift us. I can only speak for De Kuip and the European atmospheres at games here are amazing. I would imagine it’s the same in Glasgow.
“Steven Gerrard was a great player with a fantastic career obviously. And now he’s a manager I expect him to be just as successful.”
It looks to be an incredibly tough group, with Porto and Young Boys also involved. So it would be a big statement from either side if they can win at Ibrox this week.
There is perhaps greater pressure on the Gers to get off to a winning start. Given the backing they receive from the Ibrox faithful, they are going to need to make the most of their home games if they want to progress to the knockout rounds.
And it would be fantastic for their momentum if they could get off to a winning start by ending Feyenoord’s unbeaten start to the season.