Steven Gerrard has given his verdict on Celtic’s exit from the Champions League at the hands of Cluj last night to Sky Sports News.
Gerrard is acutely aware of the impact that other Scottish teams doing well – or not – in Europe can have on the co-efficient which determines how many European places a country has and where their teams enter the competitions.
He said: “It’s gonna be detrimental because all the Scottish teams need to do as well as we can to improve to boost the co-efficient to try and give ourselves an advantage. From that aspect, it’s very disappointing.
“But for me, I’m the manager of Glasgow Rangers and my focus is on us. What it showed last night is that European ties are never over.”
TBR’s View – Gerrard’s Rangers have a genuine opportunity this season
For the second straight summer, Celtic’s transfer business has not been good enough and they now find themselves without Kieran Tierney and Brendan Rodgers compared to 12 months ago.
Gerrard has been in the Ibrox hotseat for a season, which has allowed him to get the lie of the land, find out where Rangers need to improve – and he will hope that his recruitment has improved from last summer.
Then, Rangers were busy but perhaps not successful enough in the market but this summer they have gone again and given that Celtic do not appear completely happy with their manager, squad and are now out of the Champions League again, Gerrard should fancy his chances of creating a title race.