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Rangers Boss Steven Gerrard Calls Porto Win One of His Best as a Manager

Rangers Boss Steven Gerrard Calls Porto Win One of His Best as a Manager

Rangers boss Steven Gerrard hailed his players after beating Porto on Thursday night – before hailing it as one of the best wins of his short managerial career.

After a underwhelming first-half, the Gers got the Ibrox crowd rocking just before the 70-minute mark, with the mercurial Alfredo Morelos slamming home the opening goal in superb fashion.

Steven Davis added a second just three minutes to seal all three points for Gerrard’s side, and keeps the Glasgow giants on course to qualify for the knockout stages for the first time in almost a decade.

After the full-time whistle, Gerrard was obviously delighted, and said via the Daily Record: “It’s right up there to beat a side of Porto’s calibre, with the quality of players they’ve got. The boys deserve all the credit, it was a fantastic performance.

“I say it was a fantastic performance, the second half was fantastic. The first half we showed too much respect to them, we never backed ourselves enough and their movement in the opening stages of the game set us back a bit.

“Once we settled into the game we finished the first half quite strong and in the second we were a totally different team.

“I’ve said it before we’re always growing and looking to improve. We’ve got a good group of players in there who are hungry. We realised where we were short last year and there’s a big effort in that dressing room to put things right. I’m really pleased with them at the moment.

“So far this season we’ve been excellent – one or two setbacks along the way – but we need to refocus and get ready for a massive game on Sunday.

“I’m very happy. The work we’ve done so far, the only shame is we couldn’t hold on against Young Boys because we maybe should have had another point.

“The boys have done ever so well, we’re competing against teams who are maybe on a different level to us but everyone is pulling together and that means you can get results.

“We’re in a good place but we need to park it up. We’ll worry about Feyenoord three or days before it, the most important thing is Livingston away.”

If Rangers do manage to gather enough points in their final two group matches against Feyenoord and Young Boys to qualify for the knockout rounds, how far do you think they can go in this season’s competition?

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