Glasgow Rangers face Willem tonight in the Europa League third qualifying round, and the club will be hoping that they comfortably win the match in order to set up a tie against Galatasaray or Hajduk Split.
Key man Connor Goldson has played 115 times for the Scottish side since signing for £3.06 million from Brighton, per Transfermarkt, and the centre-back has even managed to pick up nine goals along the way.
He has been speaking before the game and the player has high hopes for the Gers and their European campaign this season, suggesting they even improve on their Round of 16 finish last time around.
Speaking to Rangers TV, via the Glasgow Times, the defender said: “It is massive for us. You want to test yourself every week, every year, against the best teams that you can do and, for us, that is getting as far as we can in the Europa League.
“Obviously we had a great journey last year and hopefully we can do just as well, if not more, this year. We feel like we are capable of doing so.
“The desire is there. We need to be in the Europa League for ourselves and for the club.
“The club deserves to be there, it deserves to be a European club. We showed that last year so hopefully we can do it again.”
The 27 year-old, who has captained the side before which shows how trusted and rated he is by the manager, has got lots of faith in his team, and it is easy to see why he is so highly rated by Steven Gerrard at the club.
Last season, the Gers managed to reach the last 16, before losing to Bundesliga side Bayer Leverkusen and it was a great campaign for them. It was also no embarrassment to be knocked out by a side who finished fourth in Germany in 2019/20.
It was the first time the Scottish side had reached this round in a European tournament since 2011, and it is easy to see why Goldson believes they can do it again as the club are progressing and have made some shrewd additions which has made the quality of the squad even better, per Transfermarkt.
It also shows the great mentality that Steven Gerrard has brought and this will definitely be crucial if the club do want to go further in the tournament this season.
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