By Mike Slater

14th Jul, 2021 | 7:45am

Gordon Smith backs Rangers for Champions League group stage

Gordon Smith has backed Rangers to reach the group stages of the Champions League next season.

The Bears are returning to the big time after nearly more than a decade away after they strolled to the Scottish Premiership last season.

The former Ibrox chief has backed Steven Gerrard for success, something that would bring a £30million windfall to the club.

Speaking to the Daily Record this week, Smith has backed Gerrard to do the business, despite how tough it will be.

“The Champions League will be very important,” he said.

“There will also be a motivational element after winning the league, to get into the group stages and they will be looking to qualify from that as well into the knockout rounds.

“There will be a good chance that they can qualify from their group if they can get there.”

Here we go.

The Bears have been missing from the big time for far too long now.

Not only will it lead to those amazing European nights back at Ibrox, but the club will benefit financially massively.

Ross Wilson may not have to worry about potentially being forced to sell players should we succeed at this level, and that is what Gerrard will be focused on.

Rangers will be seeded for the draw which takes place on Monday, and they will need to win that qualifying round to qualify.

A £30million boost would be amazing for everyone involved at the club, and it would easily take us to that next level.

It won’t be easy no matter who is drawn though, with Celtic failing at the last two attempts to make it into the group stage – not that they’re anything to compare ourselves too.

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