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Gerrard tells Rangers to ‘start believing’ after Europa League draw

Steven Gerrard has told his Rangers squad to start believing in their abilities after they grabbed a crucial point in their Europa League opener against Villarreal.

Having not featured in European competition since 2011, Rangers were handed a tricky group, and their opening fixture couldn’t have got much harder, travelling to Spain to face La Liga side, Villarreal.

They fell behind twice at El Madrigal, but managed to secure themselves a hard-fought point against the Spaniards with a 2-2 draw thanks to goals from Scott Arfield and Kyle Lafferty, leaving former Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard to urge his side into having more confidence.

“We are a good team when we show it, when we believe and when we go for the jugular. We can create chances against anyone,” Gerrard told Rangers TV channel.

“We have unbelievable quality. The big message is ‘watch the second half tonight and start believing you are a very good team.’ It is a fantastic result. I asked them at half-time to just show a little bit more belief and confidence once we enter the final third.

“We told them before the game, ‘we are capable of hurting Villarreal and the other teams in the group.”

“To come here and put a point on the board, I’d have certainly taken it before the game. This, on paper, is probably the toughest test for us in the group.”

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