Foster ready for Europa quest
Rangers defender Richard Foster insists they have no-one to fear in the Europa League.
Last Updated: 14/12/10 6:36pm
Rangers defender Richard Foster insists they have no-one to fear in the Europa League after their UEFA Champions League exploits.
Walter Smith's team drop down to this competition after they finished third in Group C and are now in Friday's draw for the last 32.
It means they could potentially draw Liverpool or Manchester City in the next phase of the tournament.
Foster, however, has told his team-mates to draw strength from their displays against Manchester United and Valencia in the Champions League.
"We have shown in the Champions League that we can compete with anyone really," he said.
"Obviously there are teams that are very dangerous in the Europa League but I don't think we would fear anyone.
"And getting one of those sides would make for a good atmosphere both at Ibrox and in England.
"I don't think there is any point us being in the competition if we are not confident.
"I think we showed, especially at home against Valencia - and we were unlucky against Manchester United - that we can compete against these top, top teams.
"So there is no reason we couldn't do the same against Manchester City or Liverpool."
The on-loan Aberdeen defender will now focus his attentions on domestic competition as the Europa League does not resume until February.
Premier League teams will meet next Monday to discuss proposals which include a two-tier SPL, with 10 teams in each division, a winter break and bringing in play-offs.
However, Foster would like to see an increase in the proposed numbers from 10 for each division, which would lessen the number of times teams have to play against each other.
"It sometimes can get a bit tedious, especially when you have cup competitions as well," he added.
"It would be a bit different to bring in more teams and have a bit of variety. But it's not a decision to get involved in or even think about.
"If I have to play a team four, six or however many times, it is something I have to get on with."
Foster, though, was more infused by an idea of to play-offs.
"I think the play-offs would make it more exciting," he added.
"The way the league splits into two at the moment, the teams that finish seventh and eighth are relatively safe after the first couple of games (after the split) and maybe have nothing to play for.
"But if you bring in the play-offs, it keeps the league exciting at both ends, right to the end."