Gerrard calls for more quality to improve in Europe

Steven Gerrard has asked for more quality to deliver a major success on the European scene after his team crashed out of the Europa League.

Rangers were beaten 1-0 late in the game by Rapid’s Dejan Ljubicic in a keenly contested affair.

Gerrard tweaked the formation and personnel from the side that drew with Dundee last weekend but reserved praise for his team despite the disappointing result.

“I thought we were good for 80 minutes,” he revealed STV. “I can’t really ask the players to give any more.

“With what we had available tonight, everyone gave an almighty effort.

“Obviously as the game was getting to the final stages we were trying to roll the dice and go a little bit more adventurous to try and create something. To try and create that moment that we needed at 0-0.

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“Unfortunately we’ve conceded a counter-attack but I think it’s very hard for me to criticise the players for what they gave tonight.

“We’ve certainly been tested,” Gerrard said. “I think as a group we haven’t helped ourselves in certain situations with suspensions and availability.

“Obviously injuries at certain times like Ryan Kent at the weekend. To not have Daniel Candeias and Kent available affects the group. We haven’t helped ourselves throughout the campaign.

“I think in terms of numbers we’ve had enough to cope but to compete at this level with ambitions to go further than the group it’s obvious to me that the players need some help. That means quality players that can come in and help.

“We focus domestically now to put ourselves in position to come back again.”

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