Gerrard was delighted as his side made easy work of Midtjylland with a 3-1 Ibrox win as they set up a play-off clash with Poles Legia Warsaw.

Alfredo Morelos put the tie to bed 14 minutes in after being teed up by Sheyi Ojo. The pair reversed roles just before half-time as the on-loan Liverpool youngster swept home.

And Ojo was back on the wing laying on Morelos for this ninth goal in eight games this season just after the break to ensure Evander Da Silva Ferreira’s late goal for the Danes was a mere consolation.

And Gerrard had a message for Erik Sviatchenko at full-time, gesturing to the former Celtic defender to zip it as he made his way down the tunnel.

“I just wished him all the best for the remainder of the season,” said the Ibrox boss with a wry smile. “He had obviously been speaking quite a lot through the media over where he is from.

“So it was just a little send-off for him.

“I thought we were outstanding, certainly for the first hour.

“Once the game was out of sight and we got too comfortable, we stopped doing the basics well and became a bit sloppy and a bit careless.

“Then they got a goal back but I think up until they scored we were outstanding over the course of both ties and certainly deserve to be in the qualifying rounds.

“We need to keep pushing and going and building momentum. We are in a really good place with everyone healthy and a new signing coming in.

Midtjylland boss Kenneth Andersen admitted his side could not live with a team he believes can go far.

He said: “It was a tough night for my team, but congratulations to Rangers because over the two games they have been much sharper than us.

“I believe Rangers can go past the next round and into the group stages for sure.”

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