Whittaker targets Euro impact

Defender wants Gers to put in bold Champions League show

Whittaker: Europe hopes

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Steven Whittaker is looking for Rangers to make an impact in the UEFA Champions League this term.

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Walter Smith's side finished a distant bottom of their Champions League group last season, with just two points from their six fixtures.

But the Scottish champions have a solid foundation to build upon this term after holding Manchester United to a goalless stalemate in their Group C opener at Old Trafford earlier this month.

And Whittaker, who was part of the squad which made the Uefa Cup final in 2008, is eyeing better times ahead.

"We have had some great moments in Europe in my time and we would love some more," he said in Rangers News.

Take confidence

"We should take confidence from the Manchester United result in the coming games, and hopefully we can build on it.

"The manager went for three in the centre of defence, with me and Kirk Broadfoot in the full-back positions and it worked really well. We had a few breakaways and on another day we might have made one of them count.

"But it was still a great result. It was a great team effort."

Rangers travel to Aberdeen in the SPL on Sunday before facing Turkish champions Bursaspor at Ibrox next Wednesday.

Whittaker knows the importance of Rangers getting off to a good start at home in the Champions League but believes it will be tough against a Bursaspor side who are hurting after their 4-0 defeat to Valencia last time.

Do better

"In our home games last season we didn't do so well, so we are hoping to do better this time around," he said.

"Hopefully we can score a few goals at Ibrox. They obviously lost heavily last time out and the scoreline was maybe a bit higher than I thought it would be.

"We don't read too much into that result because Bursaspor are in the Champions League for a reason and they will clearly be a dangerous side."