Steven Gerrard: Rangers boss says winning League Cup would offer 'huge lift'

Rangers manager Steven Gerrard (left) and Celtic counterpart Neil Lennon
Steven Gerrard is eyeing his first silverware since becoming Rangers manager
Scottish League Cup final: Rangers v Celtic
Venue: Hampden Park, Glasgow Date: Sunday, 8 December Kick-off: 15:00 GMT
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Steven Gerrard says winning his first trophy as Rangers manager by beating Celtic in the League Cup final would offer "a huge lift" for the club.

Gerrard believes his side go into Sunday's Hampden tie stronger for their displays at home and in Europe.

"It's not about me and the trophies I've won during my career," he said.

"This is about Rangers, the team and the players, and us having or giving ourselves the opportunity to win our first trophy together."

Rangers are two points behind Celtic in the Scottish Premiership title race and will aim to qualify for the knock-out stage of the Europa League next week.

"The players deserve a certain level of credit for that, but now it's about going and getting over the final hurdle, which will be the most difficult I'm sure," added Gerrard.

"If we manage to do it, it will be a huge lift, most importantly for the supporters and the club. We'd certainly benefit from that as a group. We've been together for 18/19 months now and we've definitely progressed.

"We've become better and we're now competitive; we've shown on the European stage against high-level opposition that we can compete and win. Domestically, I think there's more respect for Rangers now. Sunday gives us another chance to go and grab something.

"That's important, and I'm sure there will be benefits from doing that."

Gerrard hopes to have Borna Barisic available, but has told the Croatian left-back not to let "ego" cloud the decision over his fitness.

Barisic is a doubt, along with a couple of unnamed first-team players, after sitting out Wednesday's draw at Aberdeen with bone bruising to his foot. The 27-year-old needed injections to get through recent games with Feyenoord and Hearts.

"Borna did a light session today. He did three quarters of that. We're very hopeful," Gerrard said.

"We've still got to do one more session tomorrow so Borna and a few more who were carrying knocks from Aberdeen will be given as late as possible to give themselves the best chance to make themselves available.

"It's important that they say to us, 'Yes I'm 100 per cent and ready' because it's going to be a tough challenge on Sunday against a good team.

"Borna needs to be ready to do himself justice and to find his best level. He has to think about the supporters and the team and not make a decision on ego."

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