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Steven Gerrard challenges Grezda to ‘prove he can play for Rangers’

Things haven't worked out for the highly rated forward

Steven Gerrard has challenged Albanian winger Eros Grezda to “prove everyone he is capable of being a Rangers player”.

The 23-year-old joined the club from NK Osijek for €2m last summer, but has struggled to establish himself as a first team regular.

However, Gerrard admits Grezda has been unlucky with injuries and urged him to treat the new year as a fresh start.

“Grezda has got it all to prove,” he told reporters. “He needs to push himself to prove to everyone he is capable of being a Rangers player.

“He has to show to us in the coming weeks that he wants to win a shirt back and when he gets his opportunity take it and find consistency.

“The training camp is almost like a reset button for him, which can be taken as a mini pre-season to get his body ready for the physical demands of Scottish football.”

The Ibrox club have already signed Jermain Defoe and Steven Davis this month, with free agents Glen Kamara and Jordan Jones joining in July.