Rangers boss Steven Gerrard believes that the club needs to spend the big bucks if they want to compete in Europe. Rangers have lost both their opening games of the Europa League this season. They fell to Lyon on the opening day of the season before losing to Sparta Prague this week. Rangers are on top of the Scottish Premiership but have not been able to translate their domestic form to Europe largely due to the huge gulf of quality.

“You’re well within your rights to read into whatever we do tactically here or my selection.” Rangers boss Steven Gerrard said. “We as a staff and me as a manager are trying to find the perfect solution. We are trying to find this settled team that will play with this spark or a little bit of life that we have been missing if you like, but what I would say is we are not concerned or worried here. We know where we are.”

“We have been short in the two Europa League games but at this level, which is improving year in, year out, if we want to keep growing and go to the extra level we need to spend big money in the transfer windows, it is as simple as that,” he added. “To compete with the teams we are playing against, we have to spend big money. In the last two windows, we haven’t spent a penny. So there has to be some realism there as well. To compete with these teams and beat these teams on their own patch, when transfer windows are open we have to spend money to compete at this level, not to win, just to compete.”

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