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Steven Gerrard needs Ibrox crowd support in UCL qualifier second leg

Wed 04 August 2021 | 5:32

Steven Gerrard has asked Rangers fans to help his side when they face Malmo in the second leg of the Champions League qualifiers at Ibrox next Tuesday.

The Scottish champions fell behind by goals from

Soren Rieks

and

Veljko Birmancevic

at the beginning of the second half, but

Steven Davis

’ late strike gave

Rangers

a renewed hope ahead of the second leg at Ibrox.

Gerrard is hopeful home advantage can help Rangers to bounce back from the 2-1 defeat and advance to the play-off round.

He told 

RangersTV

:

"I'm disappointed with the result and the couple of goals we've conceded. But there's been a big moment at the end of that game which is has gone in our favor. It's a big moment and sets things up for next week.

"It's not the position we wanted to be in, but it's better than going in [to the second leg] at 2-0, and we were also on the verge of maybe going even worse as well. Injury time was very big for us, but over the 90 minutes, it hasn't been enough.

"We'll have to go up a level individually and collectively next week and I'm going to call on the Ibrox crowd. I've never done it before, but we're going to need them for the full 90 minutes in full voice.

"With that behind us and the mentality change behind us, it could be a big moment.

Gerrard heaped praise on

Steven Davis

, who provided the moment which might just take the team through to the play-off round.

"I'm running out of plaudits for Davo [Steven Davis], he is someone who doesn't give up and keeps going until the end and he's provided a real big moment that's given us an important lifeline going into next week.

"It is what it is. I don't think we deserved to win the game 2-0 or any worse than that. At half-time, we were OK, I thought we were in a good shape. We were looking the most likely [to score], but we lost our way for four or five minutes and conceded two poor goals.

"But we pushed and showed belief, and Davo has provided a very big moment because the mentality has changed in injury time."


source: SportMob

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