ANY time you go away from home in Europe and score four goals, it has to go down as a really pleasing result and performance and Steven Gerrard will be delighted with the victory over Midtjylland.

But he knows as well as anyone that the job is only half done and he won’t let the players get ahead of themselves even though they take a 4-2 lead into the second leg at Ibrox.

Steven allowed the players to say thank you to the travelling fans and celebrate briefly with them at full-time in Denmark, but then it was back into the dressing room and getting right back down to business.

One of the most pleasing things for me was the way the team reacted to the two goals they conceded and those setbacks just a couple of minutes apart when it looked like they were cruising to victory.

It didn’t faze them that Midtjylland had come back into it and, like at Rugby Park on Sunday, they showed they have that character and mentality you need at a big club like Rangers.

At 3-2, they could have thought about holding on and grinding out what would still have been a great result. But they regrouped, got back down to it and then went and got the fourth goal, again so well worked, that put the tie firmly in their favour.

Rangers got their rewards for that and that will again prove to the players that, at a club like this, you just need to keep going and going and rise to any challenge that is put in front of you in every game.

That will be sinking into the players and they need to have that mindset throughout the season. They also look very fit and sharp and that is why they are able to go right until the final whistle and really give their all for each other and the team.

After not winning anything in his first campaign at Rangers, Steven is desperate for success this term and he will be doubly determined to achieve something over the next few months, both at home and abroad.

That will be drummed into the players every single day and that is why he won’t allow anyone to get carried away, even after such an impressive showing against a good team like Midtjylland.

For me, the Danes won’t win by three clear goals and go through next week. But the players can’t afford to think that way and they have got to be focused on getting that first goal to kill the tie off.

The game in Herning was the 19th European tie that Steven has taken charge of at Rangers and he has only lost two of them – away to Spartak Moscow and away to Rapid Vienna. And both of them were games that they could have won.

You can have to take into consideration some of the opposition in the early rounds, of course, but that is still an impressive record and the aim now for Rangers is to get Midtjylland taken care of and then focus on the play-off round.

The players were getting a bit of stick after the Kilmarnock game because, although they won it, they didn’t play that well and the performance wasn’t what the fans were looking for.

Well, they certainly made up for that on Thursday and the fact that Steven was able to make four changes to the side and not weaken it at all tells you how strong the squad is right now.

It is a lovely problem to have and Steven will face the same selection questions ahead of the game with Hibernian on Sunday.

There were plenty of good signs and the fans are rightly delighted with it but Rangers can’t afford to let the momentum falter. Another big performance and result is needed.