Gerrard: I wish I could play against Celtic

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Liverpool great Gerrard has enjoyed a solid start to life at Ibrox, qualifying for the group stage of the UEFA Europa League and taking five points from three Scottish Professional Football League games.

But a real test awaits this weekend against bitter rival and seven-time defending champion Celtic, managed by Gerrard's former Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers.

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Gerrard is determined to have his side ready for the big clash, but admits he would rather be out on the pitch helping Rangers.

"It's a big game on Sunday against a tough team, so we have to recover and prepare well," he said. "We are going there confident.

"We have players in the squad with experience playing in front of a big crowd, but we are aware of the challenge of playing away from home.

"This is a big game for me, of course, I can't compare it to playing but I wish I was [playing] on Sunday. These are the games you want to be a part of.

"We know Celtic will come out the blocks quick to try and get the crowd going. We have to be ready from the first whistle."