Whittaker remains hopeful
Steven Whittaker believes Rangers can still qualify for the last 16 of the UEFA Champions League.
Last Updated: 03/11/10 4:17pm
Steven Whittaker believes Rangers can still qualify for the last 16 of the UEFA Champions League, despite Tuesday's defeat at the Mestalla.
The Scottish champions saw their European ambitions suffer a hammer blow as Valencia leapfrogged them into second spot in Group C with a 3-0 win.
The result in Spain means qualification is now out of the SPL side's hands and they require results to go their way if they are to progress to the knock-out stages.
But Whittaker remains hopeful the Gers can extend their stay in Europe's top tournament and has targeted an upset when Manchester United visit Ibrox at the end of the month.
"The Valencia game was a setback and we are now sitting third at the moment but there are still two games to go and there are still six points available," said the full-back.
"We will see where those games take us. We will try to take something from Manchester United and then Bursaspor in the last game.
"We managed to go to Old Trafford and get a point so we will try to frustrate them again at Ibrox.
"We know it will be a great atmosphere and a great game to play in and hopefully we can take something from it."
Despite the midweek defeat, Whittaker is not yet willing to contemplate the consolation prize of parachuting into the Europa League.
He said: "That result helps us to hang onto third at least but there are two games to go so we will wait and see what happens first. Third is a great possibility for us but we are still looking to finish second in the group."