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Gerrard has Rangers tuned into that big game mentality that can take them far in Europe

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Air time: Rangers midfielder Glen Kamara (top) jumps as he vies for the ball with Lech Poznan defender Lubomir Satka

Air time: Rangers midfielder Glen Kamara (top) jumps as he vies for the ball with Lech Poznan defender Lubomir Satka

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Air time: Rangers midfielder Glen Kamara (top) jumps as he vies for the ball with Lech Poznan defender Lubomir Satka

The Europa League continues to prove a welcome shift of emphasis amid a potentially memorable season for Rangers. With a runaway lead in the Premiership, you won't have too many Ibrox stars complaining of a busy schedule. Players, when accustomed to winning habits, rarely do.

Thursday sees a return to the sort of climate which Steven Gerrard has them accustomed to. The Light Blues have been a great fit in the tournament under the manager, who seems to relish the different demands and, indeed, a higher class of opponent.

You also sense that the Ibrox support continue to be pleasantly surprised at how Rangers have nailed the demands of European football, particularly when they also have to keep a focus on winning a first League title since 2011. Last weekend's 1-1 draw at struggling Hamilton Academical was, significantly, a warning sign that complacency invariably comes at a cost.


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