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Gerrard tells players: ‘Keep aiming for the stars’

Rangers drawn against Czech team

Rangers boss Steven Gerrard is confident his team can progress further after being drawn against Czech side Slavia Prague in the last 16 of the Europa League.

The first leg will be played in Prague on Thursday 11 March with the return seven days later and Gerrard wants his players to keep dreaming big after avoiding some of the tournament favourites in the draw.

“We want to try and keep being ambitious and keep aiming for the stars and go one step further, or maybe two. Who knows?” said Gerrard.

“It is a really exciting time to be connected to this club and we have worked so hard to put ourselves in this position. We have achieved something big and special by getting to the last 16 and matching last year.

“We have got a group of people here that want to capitalise on the opportunity that we have got. I have got every confidence and belief that we can go and do that.”

Slavia Prague, conquerors of Leicester City in the last round, are one of six teams that Rangers have not met in the competition.

Slavia Prague boss Trpisovsky said before the draw he wanted to bring Slavia back to Britain for the Europa League Round of 16.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic will make a return to Old Trafford after Manchester United were drawn against his current club AC Milan. He played for United between 2016-18.

Of the last 16 there are four previous winners of the competition: Ajax (1992), Manchester United (2017), Shakhtar Donetsk (2009) and Tottenham (1972 and 1984).

Full draw

Ajax v Young Boys

Dynamo Kiev v Villareal

Roma v Shakhtar Donetsk

Olympiakos v Arsenal

Dinamo Zagreb v Tottenham Hotspur

Manchester United v AC Milan

Slavia Prague v Rangers

Granada v Molde

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