STEVEN GERRARD insists Rangers will be Europa League underdogs when they face Galatasaray without the backing of the Ibrox crowd next week.

The Light Blues booked their place in the play-off round with a terrific 4-0 win over Willem II last night as James Tavernier, Ryan Kent, Filip Helander and Connor Goldson found the target.

Rangers are now just 90 minutes away from a third successive appearance in the group stages but face an ominous task against the Turkish giants if they are to achieve that aim.

The Gers will have home advantage for the one-leg shoot-out but Gerrard knows his side will have to be at their best if they are to clinch group stage football once again.

Gerrard said: "Listen, we will certainly take confidence from tonight and tap into our results from the last couple of years.

"But, let’s have it right, Galatasaray are a big club, a massive team and they are certainly coming to Ibrox as favourites, for sure.

"It is very frustrating, obviously, not to have our full house and that atmosphere behind us that would give us some kind of advantage.

"But I think it is going to be a really tough game without that there. The players deserve the opportunity and we will give it everything that we have got.

"We have got a tough fixture before that at Motherwell that we need to go and win and then we will certainly look forward to next week. We will enjoy this result here.

"There is still a lot of hard work to do to achieve that and we still have to get over a massive hurdle. It is a game we are looking forward to and we will commit and apply ourselves as best we can to try and get the best result.

"But we can’t think about that achievement until we go and put a performance in. If we put a performance in, it will give us a fighting chance."