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Steven Gerrard warns against Rangers title tunnel vision as he details balancing act crucial to bringing back glory years

Daily Record logoDaily Record 16/09/2020 Liam Bryce

Steven Gerrard is adamant Rangers must not succumb to Premiership title tunnel vision.

For the Ibrox boss, it's impossible to prioritise domestic success over progression in Europe.

Gerrard insists making a regular splash on the continent is crucial to the club's long-term future.

Of course, stopping Celtic winning a historic Ten In A Row remains paramount for a considerable chunk, if not all, supporters.

But Gerrard has stressed it's a balancing act.

“We all know how important the league is every single year," he admitted ahead of Thursday's second-round Europa League qualifier against Lincoln Red Imps. “What people need to understand is that, for us, European football is also vital.

“It’s key to Rangers moving forward.

“There’s no possible way I can prioritise in terms of one competition against the other.

“People need to realise, for this club to function in a healthy way, we need to be successful in qualifying for European competitions.

“That’s going to be a bigger challenge this year because we don’t have the luxury of two-legged ties or having 50,000 Rangers fans behind us at Ibrox.

Alex Curran swinging a racket at a ball © Rangers FC/PA Images

“We’ve maybe had a bit of luck with the draw, but it will still be more testing and challenging because these are one-off games.

“We’re not seeded so we  need to progress through rounds two and three.

“Who knows what could be waiting for us at the final hurdle?”

Gerrard also explained that a presence in Europe is a valuable bargaining chip when competing to sign players.

He continued: “When you sit down with players and try and persuade them to sign for Rangers, they do want to have a European experience.

“They want to sample Ibrox on a midweek European night and they want to travel around the continent, testing themselves against the best.

“The fans also love European football home and away, and the two journeys we’ve been on have been major highlights of our stay here.

“In an ideal world, I would like to have a squad that’s capable of being successful on both fronts.”

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