CONNOR GOLDSON is confident Rangers can repeat their Europa League heroics this term after bowing out at the last 16 stage on Thursday.

The Light Blues lost 1-0 in Germany as Bayer Leverkusen progressed to a quarter-final meeting with Inter Milan next week.

Steven Gerrard’s side overcame four qualifiers to reach the group stage and then produced a remarkable comeback against Braga to set up their clash with the Bundesliga giants.

And Goldson is determined to replicate that achievement in the coming months as the Gers regroup for their third crack at continental competition.

He said: “It was tough. They are a good side, no doubt about it. I think everything we tried to do against a lot of the other teams in Europe this season, they found it quite easy to play round it.

“In the first half, I don’t think we were aggressive enough or let them feel us at all. It was too easy for them. We had a bit more of a go in the second half but I think their quality showed in the end.

“I am proud of everyone. The places we have been, the quality and commitment we have shown over last season, it was brilliant and I think all the lads deserve all the praise that comes with it.

“Tonight was just a little step too far for us but I think everything we have done and the places we have been and the results we have got this year in the Europa League have been brilliant.

“Obviously we are going to have to go through the qualifying again and start from scratch and it is the start of another long season.

“But we want to play in venues like this, we want to test ourselves and play against some of the world’s best players, international players. I feel like we acquitted ourselves well last year and hopefully we can do the same this year.”