Steven Gerrard wants Rangers to win all three Europa League group stage games at Ibrox. Speaking to a press conference (via the Rangers Twitter page), Gerrard set Rangers the target of picking up nine points from their three home group games.
Rangers face Feyenoord in Thursday night’s Europa League game. And Gerrard wants to make an immediate impact by getting all three points from the Dutch side. He believes strong home form is the key to progressing through the group stages.
The Gers will also face Young Boys and FC Porto in the group stages of this year’s competition. It is a tough group and these teams have Champions League experience in recent years. Porto will be particularly dangerous as they were Champions League quarter-finalists last season.
But Gerrard is eager for Rangers to turn Ibrox into a fortress. He said: “If we have any ambitions or aims to try and get out the group, and this has to be the target, we are not here to make up the numbers, then we have to aim for maximum points at home.”
Obtaining maximum home points has to be Rangers’ target if they want to progress in this competition. But this might be easier said than done considering the quality of the opposition.
Rangers’ battle with Feyenoord on Thursday night will be a measure of how successful they will be in this tournament. But Porto is the major hurdle in Gerrard’s plan to receive nine home points in the group stage.