Rangers manager Steven Gerrard is hoping his players can take inspiration from the performances of Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur this week, as reported by The Scottish Sun.
The two English sides produced wonderful comeback performances against Barcelona and Ajax respectively, booking their places in the UEFA Champions League final on June 1st in Madrid.
As a Liverpool fan and former captain, Gerrard was of course in attendance to see the Reds destroy Barcelona at Anfield this week and he is hoping the spirit of both performances is something that can help improve his own stars.
As quoted by The Scottish Sun, he said:
I think you saw from Liverpool and Tottenham that no matter how tough the challenge is, how far back you are, how big the gap is, if you believe and you push then things can change.
It was a huge inspiration for everyone at Rangers, the last 48 hours — in those games — and there have been many other cases over the years as well.
I think if they show passion and show all the basics and the non-negotiables that you should show individually and collectively.
Never give up, always fight to the end, give everything you’ve got — special things and things that people say are impossible can happen on a football pitch. I’ve experienced that.
That was always my mentality, every training session, every game, always go away and be able to say to yourself that you gave everything you’ve got.
It’s certainly an exciting time to be a Rangers fan.
Despite another trophy-less season, there’s absolutely no doubt Gerrard has raised standards at the club and has supporters thinking we have a bright future again.
Reaching the UEFA Europa League group stages restored pride, a derby victory over Celtic at Ibrox in December was a serious stepping stone and big name signings like Jermain Defoe and Steven Davis have demonstrably improved the squad.
With Gerrard dreaming of an elite future managerial future both in a personal capacity and with Rangers, we can only hope he succeeds with his aims.