OVIE EJARIA is confident Rangers can handle the strain of domestic and European action as they prepare for a crucial run of fixtures in the coming weeks.

Steven Gerrard’s side earned a much-needed win over St Mirren on Saturday thanks to late goals from Daniel Candeias and Alfredo Morelos.

After drawing Spartak Moscow and Kilmarnock either side of their defeat to Aberdeen, it was a crucial three points for the Gers in the Premiership.

Rangers face Spartak on Thursday and also have Group G clashes with Villarreal and Rapid Vienna coming up as they prepare for a hectic schedule before the end of the year.

But midfielder Ejaria has no doubt that the Light Blues’ squad will be able to cope and continue to produce at home and abroad this term.

He said: “I wouldn’t say [it is tough], you just have to be focused on your recovery in the week and after each game you have to keep on top of it. If you keep on top of it, you will be fine.

“It is probably the most amount of games I have played in the first part of a season since I have been playing. It has been tough.

“At first it was quite tough because I wasn’t used to it but now it has been going on for a few months I am used to it and I am recovering well between games.

“Every game is a tough game so you have to recover quickly because there is a game every three days. It is tough but I am used to it now and recovering well.

“We have got a lot of good players. I know the gaffer wants to rotate the squad and each player that comes in is good enough to replace the other. We know that we have got a good squad.”

The draw with Spartak a fortnight ago kept Rangers top of Group G at the halfway point of the campaign and Gerrard’s side are dreaming of a knockout round berth.

The Gers have struggled to break down domestic defences at times this term but Ejaria knows the Russians will pose a tough test of their own this week.

He said: “Spartak are a very good side, they were a Champions League side. We played them last week so we know what they are capable of. We just need to focus and I know the gaffer will have a game plan. We just need to stick to that plan and we will be fine.

“You could say [it is easier to play against them] but we played them at home and they had a few men behind the ball at times. It is just sticking to the game plan and keep trying things and hopefully we will keep scoring.”

A lack of cutting edge in the final third looked like it could cost Rangers again at the weekend before Candeias and Morelos struck to clinch a deserved win.

Now Ejaria hopes the goals will start to flow more regularly for Gerrard’s side as they attempt to build momentum once again.

He said: “It is just the final pass, that end product and the finish at the end. We have focused on getting that right and I am sure we will score goals, like we did on Saturday.

“Winning games brings confidence to the squad so we just want to keep trying to win games and boost the confidence in the squad.

“It is just our desire to win the game really and every game we want to win. You see that in the celebrations that everyone is really happy.”