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Gerrard bows to medics in Gers shut-out



Rangers boss Steven Gerrard

Rangers boss Steven Gerrard

Rangers boss Steven Gerrard

Rangers boss Steven Gerrard believes the club should continue to follow medical advice amid calls for the Europa League to be suspended, including from the manager of tonight's Ibrox opponents Bayer Leverkusen.

The Bundesliga side have announced next week's return fixture will be closed off to fans as German authorities seek to combat the spread of the virus.

Bayer Leverkusen manager Peter Bosz has also called for the Europa League to be put on hold until the coronavirus panic passes after claiming the competition is being devalued by closed-door clashes.

Gerrard said: "I have the same concerns in this situation. It seems as if it's growing and growing. We'll have to take it day by day. We have a fantastic medical team in place and we'll trust Uefa entirely in terms of the protocol we have to follow."

Around 5,000 Gers fans were hoping to cheer their side on to a place in the quarter-finals at the BayArena but will now have to watch on from home.

"I'm not delighted about it, that's for sure," said the Ibrox boss. "Football is all about atmospheres and supporters and people getting the opportunity to go follow their team, especially when you're at this stage of a competition."

Belfast Telegraph