LEGIA WARSAW star Paweł Stolarski has revealed he used to have pictures of Rangers boss Steven Gerrard on his wall and was a massive Liverpool fan as a kid.

But he's desperate to ruin his hero's perfect start to the season by dumping Rangers out of the Europa League.

The Ibrox side travel to Poland to face Legia in the play-off round this week, after a hugely encouraging start to their campaign.


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And Legia ace Stolarski admits he can't wait to come up against the man he used to idolise as a youngster.

He said: "Facing a team managed by Steven Gerrard is amazing for me. Growing up I had pictures of him on the wall and watched every single Liverpool game.

"He is a legend and now he is a coach. What a great character to come up against.

"But no opponent is unbeatable and that includes Rangers. This is going to be a huge challenge for us.

"Rangers are a massive club and obviously a good team. But we won't look at them. What we need to do is focus on our strengths.

"I think if you look at our results this season, we have been very strong defensively and we will need that against Rangers. We have worked so hard on that side of our game."


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Meanwhile, Legia manager Aleksandar Vukovic slammed his own fans after they booed 19-year-old Croatian striker Sandro Kulenovic off the pitch.

Vukovic picked Kulenovic - who has gone six games without a goal - ahead of fans favourite Carlitos for their 1-0 weekend win over Zaglebie.

And the Legia boss wasn't happy when the youngster was whistled off the pitch when he was substituted late in the game.

He said: "That was unpleasant, incomprehensible and actually disgusting behaviour from the fans.

"He was picked because of the work he does and he deserves a place on the team."