rangers legend: gerrard cannot afford to focus only on the league

15:00    06 Jul 2019

Former player Derek Johnstone
According to Rangers club legend Derek Johnstone, manager Steven Gerrard should not prioritise one competition above the others.

‘Gers will compete across four fronts in 2019/20 – with their season getting underway next midweek with a clash against Gibraltar minnows St. Joseph’s in the UEFA Europa League preliminaries – but there has been a strong suggestions that the Glasgow team will put their focus firmly on the Scottish Premiership.

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Gerrard is reportedly determined to prevent arch rivals Celtic winning a ninth successive title, but Johnstone believes this approach could hurt the club’s overall chances of success.

“The players will be relishing these qualifiers and the chance to get to the Europa League once again,” Johnstone told the Evening Times.

“If, further down the line, they want to move on, then having European experience will pay dividends for them as well.

“It is important for everyone that we do well in Europe and the manager, the staff and the players will give it everything they have got over the next few weeks to get through the four ties.

“If you have the attitude that a competition doesn’t matter or isn’t important, then you have no chance of being successful in it or achieving what you want to achieve. This season, Rangers have to achieve.”

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