Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has urged his side to be on the front foot in their upcoming European fixture, but they could be in risk of playing an over attaching style against top opponents.
The Gers continue their Europa League group stage campaign by hosting Austrian outfit Rapid Vienna on Thursday night, which follows on from the 2-2 draw away to Villarreal.
Rangers earned an excellent point away in Spain in their first group match, but their full-backs often pushed forward and on another day they could have lost that game if it weren’t for some excellent moments from their attackers.
The Scottish giants have every right to be on the front foot at Ibrox against upcoming opposition Vienna, but a gung-ho approach would be a recipe for disaster.
“I’m not going to accept my team sitting back and waiting for a moment in the game to join it. We have to be on it from the start and I’m sure the supporters will want this also,” Gerrard said, as quoted by the club’s official Twitter account.
Rangers will be keen to bounce back from a defeat to Livingston at the weekend in the league, but need to be wary of teams in Europe.
There are rarely easy games in European matches, which is why trying to blitz teams away by bombing both full-backs forward is hugely risky and they could be picked off easily.
It’s up to Gerrard to find the right balance between attack and defence, as his team desperately tries to find consistency and also make the step up in class to European football.