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Captain Barry Ferguson insists "no one is unbeatable" as Rangers FC prepare to test their 100 per cent Group E record at home against FC Barcelona.
'Group of death'
Having won their opening two games against VfB Stuttgart and Olympique Lyonnais, Rangers have put themselves in a great position and with the added boost of Saturday's 3-0 victory over Celtic FC, Ferguson will not be daunted by Barcelona. "When the group came out and we were drawn against Barcelona, Lyon and Stuttgart, my friends were texting me saying it was 'the group of death', but I don't look at it that way," he told uefa.com.
'No one's unbeatable'
"If you want to be in the UEFA Champions League, you want to play against the best," he added. "Obviously Barcelona are one of the best teams in world football at the moment, but no one is unbeatable as we've seen with the Scotland team in recent matches. Playing against teams like Barcelona is what it's all about as a footballer – going in and enjoying these games and playing against some of the best players in the world."
While Glasgow neighbours Celtic set a daunting precedent by beating European champions AC Milan at home on Matchday 2, Rangers have been no less impressive. And the Scotland captain is not about to concede anything to the visitors, regardless of their reputation. "You try and look at all the negatives and positives in your opponents, but it's hard to find any negatives in that Barcelona side," said the 29-year-old.
"They have so many quality players, not to mention great individuals such as Ronaldinho and Lionel Messi. Ronaldinho may not have had the greatest start to the season, but everyone knows what he's capable of and even if he's not playing at his best, they have others of similar quality like Messi who can step in. But as I said, that's why you're in the Champions League – to play against the best."
The Matchday 4 game at Camp Nou on 7 November will see Rangers return to the scene of one of their finest hours: the 1972 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup final victory over FC Dinamo Moskva. "It will bring back a lot of memories for the fans and players from that era, but it will be fantastic for us as well because many of us have not played at the Nou Camp. I'll certainly be looking forward to that," Ferguson said.
The midfielder remains upbeat about Rangers' qualification hopes too, saying: "When you get into a group competition like this, you have to be confident and say, 'We can get through here and if we can't get first place we can get the second spot'. Certainly that's now within our reach but, again, we will take it one game at a time and not look too far ahead."
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