Steven Gerrard has thanked Brendan Rodgers for loaning Leicester midfielder Andy King to Rangers.

The 2016 Premier League winner signed up for Gers Title Push after he was given the go-ahead for his seasonal move to Ibrox by the former Celtic boss.

Gerrard admits that the Light Blues had difficulty reaching the wages of the 30-year-old Wales international at King Power Stadium.

But he praised the foxes for having made the deal possible after his team made it to the Europa League play-off round after beating Midtjylland 7: 3.

Gerrard said, "That came just recently. We thank Leicester for the opportunity because you and I know from a financial situation that there is no way in the world to bring Premier League players here.

"But when that opportunity came up, I wanted to get it done quickly, because it was a fantastic offer we had to take. It made sense in every shape and form.

"I used the opportunity for a variety of reasons. First, he is a winner, a Premier League winner. Second, because he has played numerous internationals at international level. For the past 14 months, I've tried to build a squad, but many of the guys are very young – they need guidance and guidance in the locker room. So it was a breeze.

"He's hungry for the game, he sustained an injury last year that left him very frustrated. I talked to him and he understands that he has to work hard. But for the club and me it is positive news. "

Gerrard was overjoyed when his side made it easy for Midtjylland to win with Ibrox 3-1 in the play-off against Poles Legia Warsaw.

Alfredo Morelos put the tie to bed after 14 minutes, after being raised by Sheyi Ojo. The pair changed position shortly before the break when the loaned Liverpool youngster swept home.

And Ojo was back in action for Morelos for the ninth time in eight games this season to ensure that the late goal of Evander Da Silva Ferreira was only a comfort to the Danes.

And Gerrard had a message for Erik Sviatchenko, which he directed at full time to the former Celtic defender to zip him as he walked down the tunnel.

"I wish him all the best for the rest of the season," the Ibrox chief said with an ironic smile. "Obviously, he has talked a lot in the media about where he's from.

"So it was only a small farewell to him.

"I thought we were outstanding, certainly for the first hour.

"When the game was out of sight and we felt comfortable, we stopped basing ourselves and became a bit sloppy and a bit careless.

"Then they got a goal back, but I think until they scored a goal, we were outstanding in both games and deserve to qualify.

"We have to keep pushing and building momentum. We are in a really good place, everybody is healthy and there is a new signing.

Kenneth Andersen, head of Midtjylland, admitted that his team can not live with a team he believes can go far.

He said, "It was a tough night for my team, but congratulations to the Rangers, because in the two games they were much sharper than we were.

"I think the Rangers will survive the next round and definitely be in the group stage."

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