Boyd upbeat for Molde trip

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Rangers striker Kris Boyd cannot wait to return to European football.

The 23-year-old featured in Rangers' thrilling UEFA Champions League campaign last season and would love to qualify for the same competition again.

For now Boyd must settle for the Uefa Cup, and he is looking forward to kicking off against Norwegian minnows Molde on Thursday night.

"It's just around the corner now. I had a taste of it last year - and obviously I would like to be back in the Champions League - but the Uefa Cup is a good competition and hopefully we can go far in it," he enthused.

"Domestically, we will be looking to do well to get back into the Champions League next season."

Boyd believes that Rangers are getting better with every game following a tough start to the season, and is confident going into a hectic period for the club.

"Six games to come in three weeks is going to be difficult for us but we have a squad ready to cope with those games," he said.

"It's important we keep the momentum we've built over the last couple of weeks going.

"We know it's not going to be easy. We're favourites to get through (against Molde) but it's not going to be as easy as everybody makes out it's going to be.

"We just have to approach the game in the right manner and hope we can get through this round."

Manager Paul Le Guen also refused to let his mind wander beyond the two legs against Molde, when the competition will enter a group format.

"I hope it will be a big adventure for us because we need to play games and it will be important to get into the group stages," Le Guen urged.

"I want to go as far as possible but first we have to beat Molde to get into the group stages and be in a situation to play four games.

"It's important to beat Molde. To win here (in Norway) would be better. It's important to score away, that's why I want us to be offensive and score goals.

"I want us to score at least one goal and be in a good situation for the second game."

With regular goalkeeper Lionel Letizi out with a calf strain, Allan McGregor will line up for his European debut, and Le Guen has given his backing to the youngster.

"Yes, it's a big night for him but he did well last Saturday with his work (against Falkirk) and I am confident for him," he commented.