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By ESPN Staff
Nov 23, 2006

Rangers' Ferguson denies added pressure

Barry Ferguson insists there is no extra pressure on Rangers to reach the knockout stages of the UEFA Cup after Celtic booked their place in the last 16 of the Champions League.

The Ibrox club are within touching distance of the last 32 after wins over Livorno and Maccabi Haifa propelled them to the top of Group A.

A draw in Auxerre tonight should be enough to see them safely through to the next round of the competition.

But Celtic have already shown the way after Tuesday night's win over Manchester United guaranteed them European football after Christmas.

The Hoops are also 15 points ahead of Rangers at the summit of the Bank of Scotland Premier League, and Ferguson wishes them all the best in Europe.

He said: 'There is no extra pressure on us because Celtic are in the last 16 of the Champions League.

'We did it last season, reaching the last 16, and hopefully they can go on and do even better.'

Rangers narrowly missed out on the quarter-finals of the Champions League last season, and are optimistic of doing well again in Europe this term.

'Of course it would be good if we could match them (Celtic) by reaching the last 16 of the UEFA Cup,' said 28-year-old Ferguson.

'But, at this stage, I am just concerned about getting the right results against Auxerre.'

Even though a point would be good enough, Ferguson insists Rangers must go for victory at the Stade Abbe Deschamps tonight.

'We need to attack like we did in Italy against Livorno,' he said.

'If we go out looking for a draw it could be a mistake so we are here to try to get the three points.'

Back-to-back wins over Dunfermline and Hearts in the SPL means confidence is high in the Rangers dressing room ahead of the game.

'Three in a row would be good for us,' said Ferguson.

'I don't want to say we are on a roll now but we have had two good domestic results.

'Now it would be good to get a third in Europe because that's where we have played our best football this season.'