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Whittaker targets Rangers for successful European campaign

Steven Whittaker is looking for Rangers to build on their stalemate with Manchester United to achieve success in Europe. Whittaker says the team effort from the Light Blues two weeks ago is the confidence booster Rangers need to ensure last year's disappointment in Europe - when they finished bottom of their Champions League group - is not replicated this year.

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

He added: "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 on Sunday before facing Turkish champions Bursaspor next Wednesday, and Whittaker knows the importance of Rangers getting off to a good start at home in the Champions League.

"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."

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