/Rangers FC news: Steven Gerrard calls for more signings after Europa League exit

Rangers FC news: Steven Gerrard calls for more signings after Europa League exit


‘NEED SOME HELP’

Rangers finished third behind Villarreal and Rapid Vienna in Group G

Rangers boss Steven Gerrard has admitted he needs to strengthen his side with “quality” reinforcements after they crashed out of the Europa League on Thursday night.

The Ibrox men required a win against Rapid Vienna to qualify for the last 32, but were undone by Dejan Ljubicic’s 84th-minute winner in Austria.

Steven Gerrard saw his side crash out of the Europa League in Austria

Steven Gerrard saw his side crash out of the Europa League in Austria

Dejan Ljubicic’s 84th-minute winner separated the teams on Thursday night

Dejan Ljubicic’s 84th-minute winner separated the teams on Thursday night

Gerrard – who criticised his fringe players after Sunday’s draw at Dundee – says his “players need some help” if they are to push forward.

He said: “I think to compete at this level and have ambitions to go further, the players need some help.

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

Rangers were without two injured wingers – Daniel Candeias and Ryan Kent – as well as midfielder Ovie Ejaria, who the manager described as “unsettled”.

He added: “With what we had available tonight, I thought everyone gave an almighty effort and I think it is very hard for me to criticise the players for what they gave.

“We were trying to roll the dice and go a little more adventurous to try and create something to get that moment we needed at 0-0 and, unfortunately, we’ve conceded on a counter attack.

“The players deserve incredible praise for taking this group to the wire.

“We will certainly take ourselves back to maybe Moscow at home, 0-0, and a couple of the chances we missed – and we’ll take ourselves back to Moscow away, when we scored a perfectly good goal, but we will also analyse our individual mistakes within it.

“I think, if you analyse the journey as a whole, the players have done fantastically well, but the reality is, at this level, we’ve fell a little bit short and that is my job to try and address that.”

Gerrard’s men are two points behind arch-rivals Celtic in the SPL, having played a game more.

They entertain Hamilton on Sunday before travelling to Hibernian on Wednesday night.

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