Steven Gerrard’s Glasgow Rangers claimed a superb win at Ibrox in the Europa League in midweek but attention turns back to the Scottish Premiership.
Glasgow Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has described the need to switch focus quickly from one competition to the other as “probably the biggest opener” for the Ibrox club last season (official Rangers website).
Rangers were in midweek Europa League action against Porto, Champions League quarter-finalists last season, and put in a great display en route to a famous 2-0 win at Ibrox, but attention now turns to Sunday’s trip to Livingston.
The last time the two sides faced off, in the Scottish League Cup in September, Rangers midfielder Joe Aribo needed 20 stitches to a head wound following an elbow by Ricki Lamie, while the Light Blue physio had to come on to the pitch multiple times early on for head knocks.
When asked by the Rangers media team how his players will adapt to facing Livingston, Gerrard told reporters at the Hummel Training Centre: “If you operate in the top positions in this league I don’t think there is a bigger contrast in styles and in levels if you like.
“In terms of switching from one competition to the next, that was probably the biggest eye opener from last season. One of the biggest lessons we had to learn is to switch your focus pretty quickly no matter what the result is – whether it is a high or a low. Get over it as quick as you can and move on to the next challenge. We’ve done that a lot better so far this season but Sunday will again be a challenge.”
Rangers have now won four games on the bounce ahead of this weekend’s fixture, scoring 11 goals and conceding one, but Livi are more than capable of being a threat, having produced a shock 2-0 win over Celtic last month.