Rangers manager Steven Gerrard believes his side will face a difficult game against the Macedonian side for their second leg Europa League qualifier.
Gerrard’s men secured a comfortable 2-0 win in the first leg at Ibrox but failed to put the tie to bed completely. Now the Liverpool legend believes Shkupi will attack Rangers using altogether different tactics for the game on Tuesday night.
“I think the scoreline suggests that FC Shkupi have to be aggressive,” said Gerrard, as reported by STV.
“They’re the home team. So it doesn’t make sense for them to be defensive and sit back. So we’ll be ready for an aggressive style.”
“They came with a game plan to be organised and a team block and to be difficult to break down. I respect their game plan at Ibrox but I expect something very different tomorrow.”
The Scottish side exited the competition at the very same stage last season and a second consecutive early exit would be a catastrophic start to Gerrard’s tenure at the club.
However, the 38-year-old insists his players are ready to get the job done despite the constant pressure of expectation.
“The only pressure we feel tomorrow is representing Rangers”
“Because Rangers is a huge football club so every time you represent the club there’s huge pressure. The players are used to that pressure, the ones like Daniel [Candeias] who have been around for quite some time.”
“We come into the game with confidence high. We’re really excited”
?️ GERRARD: “We believe one goal kills the tie. We know it is going to be hot and humid, and it may be a tricky surface and a tricky game, but we are ready for whatever gets thrown at us.”
— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) July 16, 2018