Gerrard wary of Legia threat

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Rangers manager Steven Gerrard is ready to trim his first-team squad following their pre-season training camp.

Steven Gerrard says his Rangers side have nothing but "respect" for Legia Warsaw ahead of Thursday's Europa League clash.

The two teams will go head-to-head in the first-leg of their playoff round tie knowing they are potentially just 180 minutes away from a place in the group stage of Europe’s secondary competition.

Both teams have already come through three qualifying rounds to reach this stage and Gerrard says he is wary of the threat that Legia will pose at the Polish Army Stadium, but he is also confident his players have the ability to cope.

“We’re not afraid of any Legia players. We respect them all as we think they are a good team who have done extremely well to get to this stage,” Gerrard told reporters.

“They are a very organised team and they have some exciting players in the final third. But, I’m not really a manager who mentions individual names 24 hours before a game, I think that’s unnecessary.

“But we come here with big respect for this team.”

Rangers scored four goals on their last European away trip to Midtjylland and Gerrard believes his side can trouble the scoresheet once again on Thursday.

The former Liverpool star added: “The important thing for us is to keep creating chances because we have players in good form, and whatever the test and the challenge in front of us, we always have confidence and belief we can go and strike when the time comes in the game.”

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