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Gerrard urges Rangers to put on a show for Czech schoolkids

Wed 29 September 2021 | 14:27

The Rangers manager wants his side to put on a show for Czech Republic schoolkids in their Europa League clash against Sparta Prague on Thursday.

UEFA ordered

Rangers

’ next home game to be played behind closed doors after there has been racist chanting at the Letna stadium.

However, they agreed for around 10,000 kids to be in the stadium for free and with adult supervision.

Steven Gerrard

said:

“I think it is a good opportunity for the kids to see a really important match.

“Obviously we are responsible for trying to make that game as good as possible, so let’s hope it is a good spectacle and an enjoyable game for the kids.

“It is certainly better than it being an empty for sure, at least there will be an atmosphere.”

The Light Blues boss has no doubts about going against another team from the Czech Republic capital following the trauma they endured during the battle against Slavia Prague in the Round of 16 in the Europa League.

Ondrej Kudela received a ten-match ban when he abused Gers midfielder Glen Kamara racially. Kamara was suspended for three matches as he had an altercation with the Slavia player afterwards.

Kemar Roofe, the Rangers striker, had also been banned from four games as he tackled keeper Ondrej Kolar.

Gerrard said:

“I spoke to the majority of my players in the last couple of days and we spoke about the game

.

“Glen and Kemar who were affected in the last game are in a good place, both wanting to come and put in a performance for the team.

“There is no apprehension as far as I am concerned.

“I have had assurances that everything is going to be fine and for me it is all about focusing on the game and preparing the team in the best way we can and hopefully it is going to be a real good spectacle because you have two good teams who both need these points.

“So I predict it is going to be a real good game.”

After being defeated in their first group game against Lyon, Gerrard is keen on bouncing back in the clash against

Sparta Prague

.

He said:

“We are well aware we haven’t got off to the best of starts, losing the first game always adds a little bit of tension and pressure to the second game. We take responsibility for that.

“The game plan is to go and try win the game, we need a top performance to take maximum points.

“If we can’t find that performance or result, it is important that we take something away from the game because if not, the group becomes more complicated, there is obviously less points available and it adds even more pressure.

“I wouldn’t say it was must-not-lose, it is not the end of the world but it certainly adds an awful lot of pressure if we don’t take something from the game.”


source: SportMob

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