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McCulloch keen to take centre stage in Lyon

Rangers midfielder Lee McCulloch is desperate to take centre stage in Lyon next week after being reduced to the role of backing vocalist for their Champions League opener.

McCulloch was suspended for the Group E clash against Stuttgart last week but got caught up in the Ibrox atmosphere as Walter Smith's men came from behind to triumph 2-1.

'It was great,' McCulloch said. 'I was up with the fans for the first half and when they started singing their songs I started singing with them.

'To get three points in the first game is just the start we wanted and hopefully we can build on it in France next week.'

The 29-year-old is eager to join the action on the field when the Gers take on Lyon on Tuesday at Le Stade de Gerland.

And he feels the French champions will be under pressure to atone for their 3-0 defeat in Barcelona.

'Of course, one of the reasons for coming to this club is to be involved in these games and I would love to take part in the Lyon game,' the former Motherwell and Wigan player told Rangers News.

'There is pressure on them because they are at home and they lost their first match.

'They still have some very good players so I think as long as we don't lose it will be a good result for us.

'It will be a hard night because they will have 40,000 fans behind them but you don't get easy Champions League games.

'I played against Milan Baros when he was at Aston Villa and we know he is dangerous but he has been a sub most of the time so it shows you the quality they have.

'It's a tough game but we are going there with confidence.'