STEVEN GERRARD is looking for hunger from his side as they prepare to face Midtjylland in the second-leg of the Europa League third round qualifiers.
Rangers go into the game with a two-goal advantage after a 4-2 victory in Denmark last week, but Gerrard wants his players to approach the game as if it was still 0-0.
He said: “Everything is to play for and I want to see hungry players and a hungry performance.
“This team has had so much criticism over the past 14 months about not being consistent and taking the foot off the gas at important times.
“Tomorrow is a good test from a mental view. I don’t want a casual team thinking that because it has a two-goal advantage the job is done. That won’t be the case.
“I’ve not had to stress that because Midtjylland deserve respect and the players know that at times last week they caused us problems.
“They carry a huge set piece threat and have players who have big profiles, they can win flick ons and second balls. It would be very immature and naive of us to think that this is done.
“We are expecting a very tough 90 minutes tomorrow night so I haven’t felt the need to stress that point and the reason being because the first leg was very tough, even though the scoreline was in our favour.
“But could we be going in to the game in any better form? No I don’t think so. The players are smiling and enjoying their training.”
The Rangers boss said his side have to take note after Celtic were eliminated from the Champions League qualifiers with a home defeat to Cluj.
He added: “What is showed last night is European ties are never over, even when you get a positive result in the first leg.
“Some of these teams that people don’t know much about, Cluj from Romania for example, Midtjylland from Denmark, they carry a huge threat and they are so desperate for financial reasons to progress in Europe, like most of us.
“My players need to take note of last night and make sure that we try and deal with our second leg much better.”
Gerrard feels his players are in a good place ahead of the game.
He said: “We have had a really positive training week going into this game, the players are smiling, they are enjoying their training and the intensity and the level is so high at the moment.
“I am very pleased with what I am seeing on a daily basis. Players are pushing who have been outside the 18 and we have four or five players who are not happy being outside the squad at the moment and it is pushing the lads that are in the 18.
“So the level of us at the moment is exactly where I want it but the challenge it to try and maintain it.”
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