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Steven Gerrard is not focused on money

Thu 10 December 2020 | 6:30

Rangers, who have already secured the Europa League qualification, will be granted another £900,000 if they secure the first spot with a win against Lech Poznan, and each win is worth £515,000.

Ibrox

bosses admitted £9million is required for further investment by the end of the season, so a victory against

Lech Poznan

might be crucial for the side, but the

Ranger’s

boss insists that is not an issue for him to fret over.

“We are coming here to play football and focus on football. In terms of the financial side, that is for other people to deal with,”

he said in his pre-match conference

.

“I don’t think it is important for me to focus on the financials, or the players. We want to top the group, that is our objective and our priority.

“If we manage to achieve that and the club are in a better financial position then great. We don’t focus on that side of the club. That is for other people.

“We want to try and finish the group in first position and we know the game will be tough. But we have come here with a confident team and we are looking forward to it.”

Gerrard

is more concerned to find a way to win in Poland while also ensuring he can keep his stars fit for Sunday’s vital Premiership trip to

Tannadice

. Although he is determined to not the 13-points lead over

Celtic

fall over during the challenging next two months, he will be putting out a second string to face Poznan.

Bongani Zungu

will be able to make his first European appearance for Rangers, while

Ryan Jack

and

Filip Helander

will be absent against the Polish side.

Gerrard said:

“We’ve no new injuries as such.

“We have made the decision over Ryan Jack and Filip Helander just to be a bit more patient and try and get them ready for the weekend but they have progressed really well.

“Am I looking to protect the squad? I think you will see that in the team selection and the squad that we have brought. Individuals will be protected. I obviously don’t want to give anything away in terms of the team but I think it will be clear that we will make decisions for the future in the team selection.

“Having said that, we will still pick a team that we believe is very strong and pick a team that has individuals in who have been waiting patiently. We think it is a really important night for a lot of different reasons. I am not going to change the whole team, for sure, but there will definitely be changes from the weekend.”

Gerrard added:

“Time will tell (if we now get over the line and win this group) but for sure the experience of the last couple of years has seen the squad progress an awful lot.

“There is definitely a lot more confidence and belief amongst the group. There is nobody here coming with the attitude or mentality that we have already qualified and this is just another game.

“People are desperate to play. The way they trained this morning everyone is pushing for places in the team and the atmosphere is fantastic.

“I’m sure they will want to protect the unbeaten run that we are on at the moment. It’s an interesting game for us. I’m giving an opportunity to certain individuals who have been working hard but have had to be patient.

“That will allow me to protect the few who have overplayed in recent games. I’ve given one of my team selection away by Bongani sitting next to me. I’m really looking forward to him playing. It’s a fantastic opportunity for him. But we see this as a big and important game and we are looking forward to it.”


source: SportMob

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