By Doug Ward

29th Sep, 2021 | 10:01am

Gerrard hints at 'difficult' Rangers team selection v Sparta Prague

Steven Gerrard has hinted he may have difficulties in putting a squad together when Rangers take on Sparta Prague at Stadion Letná in the Europa League on Thursday night.

Rangers have suffered with selection numerous issues due to injuries and COVID this season with Ryan Jack, Ryan Kent, Ianis Hagi and Filip Helander all recently missing games.

Gerrard hasn’t said who’ll be playing and who’ll be out against Sparta Prague this week but the boss doesn’t sound as though he has a full complement of players to choose from.

“The team is changing a lot this season with injuries/COVID so it can be difficult to find a rhythm and pick a settled team,” said Gerrard, as quoted on the Gers’ official Twitter account on Wednesday morning.

“At any given moment this season, you can be thrown a curveball.”

Must-win

We don’t like to use the phrase ‘must-win game’ but after losing the opening tie against Lyon, there’s definitely a lot of pressure on Rangers to get their European campaign up and running in Prague.

We’ve seen Gerrard’s men crash out of the Champions League at the hands of Malmo and struggle to get past Alashkert in Europa League qualifying before defeat to Lyon earlier this month.

We’re yet to play well for 90 minutes not only in Europe but in every game this season really, especially the games that matter.

Sparta Prague are definitely beatable – even though Gerrard admits they will be a “tough” team to play against.

They’re nowhere near as strong as their Czech rivals Slavia, who only just knocked us out of the Europa League last season.

It’s definitely a game we can win but will we be able to earn all three points against the Czech giants?

It seems like a draw wouldn’t be a terrible result but a defeat would pile a lot of pressure on the Gers ahead of a home clash with Brondby next month.

In other Rangers news, Steve Clarke wants Gerrard to make this tweak to his team selection this week.