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Gerrard rues Spartak draw after Rangers fall ‘a little bit short’ in Europa League

Steven Gerrard has rued the 0-0 draw with Spartak Moscow earlier this season after watching his Rangers side slide out of the Europa League.

Rangers went into Thursday night’s game against Rapid Vienna knowing that a win would take them through to the knockout stages of the tournament, despite not featuring in Europe since 2011.

They would, however, slide to a 1-0 defeat in the Austrian capital, a defeat which would see their European adventure come to an abrupt end in the group stages.

However, rather than blaming their exit from Europe on Thursday’s defeat, Gerrard pinpointed the 0-0 draw with Spartak Moscow at Ibrox earlier this season as the key reason for their exit.

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“The players deserve incredible praise for taking this group to the wire,” he told the BBC.

“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 feels that the current crop of Rangers players deserve plenty of credit, but has suggested that he will need backing from the board in the transfer market to go further in the future.

“I think to compete at this level and have ambitions to go further, the players need some help,” Gerrard added.

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