Maurice Edu says a desire to prove their doubters wrong is driving Rangers on as they aim to continue their unbeaten start to their UEFA Champions League campaign when they face Valencia in Glasgow on Wednesday.
Rangers currently sit joint top of Group C having picked up four points from their opening two fixtures. Walter Smith's men followed up a goalless draw with Manchester United at Old Trafford by collecting their first Champions League win in nearly three years when they defeated Bursaspor at Ibrox three weeks ago. A vast improvement from last season's appearance in Europe's elite competition when Rangers collected just two points and lost all three home games.
American midfielder Edu says his teammates are happy to silence the critics with their impressive start to Group C.
"When the Champions League draw was made I know a lot of people counted us out but with the squad we have, I felt it was possible to do something special. So far, we're on track," said Edu.
"We're in a good position and it would be foolish to get too far ahead of ourselves, but we have belief and know what we're capable of achieving.
"If we stick together and stay united, the potential is there for something special in the Champions League this season," he said.
The absence of Lee McCulloch through injury means Edu is likely to get the nod to start against Valencia in the centre of midfield. In the Rangers' camp, James Beattie, John Fleck and Nikica Jelavic are also set to miss out Wednesday's match due to injury. But Edu, who missed last season's European campaign due to a knee injury, says he is ready for the challenge.
"Having played a few games for USA recently and most of the games for Rangers this season, I feel like I'm ready for it," the midfielder said.
"It'll be a big test against Valencia but we'll all be up for it at Ibrox. We're in a good position in the Champions League and we want to keep that going.
"To get a win at the end of last month - something which we hadn't done for a while in Europe - was special and the fans enjoyed it.
"We want to do the same against Valencia. We know they'll be tough opponents because they're doing well in La Liga at the moment but we'll be ready for the challenge."
Hernandez warns teammates
Valencia sit just one point behind Rangers in Group C after overwhelming Bursaspor in their first match before Manchester United snatched a late winner in Spain to deny them a point.
Valencia visit Scotland having lost 2-1 to Barcelona over the weekend, a result that knocked them off the top spot in La Liga. Rangers, meanwhile, continued their 100 percent winning start to the Scottish Premier League season with a 4-1 victory against Motherwell this past Saturday.
Hernandez has warned his teammates that they will have to play well if they are to beat keeper Allan McGregor, who put in a man-of-the-match performance against the World champions at Hampden.
"He (McGregor) made some amazing saves, it was a fantastic performance," Hernandez said.
"Certainly had it not been for him we would have scored a few more goals on Tuesday.
"But obviously he was one of a few Rangers players playing for Scotland and who have been playing at that level and at European level for some time, so it's going to be a very difficult match.
"But, in any case, it'll be interesting to come up against these players again," said Hernandez.