Steven Gerrard roars Rangers must 'light the fire' against Malmo
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Rangers coach Steven Gerrard wants to “light the fire again” against Malmo, urging fans to cheer their team to victory at Ibrox.

Only victory against the Allsvenskan winners will serve after a 2-1 loss in the first leg of the Champions League third-round qualifier in Sweden.

Rangers’ undefeated Premiership record was shattered over the weekend when they were defeated 2-1 by Dundee United, giving the impression that their season has yet to begin.

Gerrard is counting on the fans to help his team win.

He said: “We haven’t played at a full crowd at Ibrox in a long time, we are really looking forward to a full house.

“I am in no doubt they will turn up full of noise and passion and is up to us to match that.

“We are two games into the league, still very early days. We won’t use any excuses, our last two performances were not at our level but that is on me and we will take any criticism.

“We only need one performance to light the fire again. I expect a good performance tomorrow.

“We have to get our game plan right and go and deliver for the fans, if we do it and get a full Ibrox roaring it will be an interesting night.

“It is important we keep a clean sheet but we have to be aggressive and be positive looking for goals. In most games when we have been set a challenge these boys have delivered and I have confidence we can do it again.

“We can tap into the positives from previous occasions and that gives us confidence and belief, we have more options to throw at the game this week. I am really excited, we have a lot of respect for Malmo but it is a game we are ready for.

“We have a lot of belief and confidence in each other. We are 90 minutes away from flipping the mood and kickstarting our season with a top performance.”

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