Gerrard hails ‘ruthless’ Rangers as they take advantage of Celtic slip

Steven Gerrard has praised his sides ruthlessness as they hit five goals past a sorry St Johnstone to move up to second in the Scottish Premiership.

The former Liverpool captain, who is of course in his first season as a manager, demanded that Rangers took advantage of Celtic’s slip up earlier in the day, and despite having only played on Thursday night in the Europa League, the Gers put on fine performance for the Ibrox Faithful, much to the delight of Gerrard.

“The results over the weekend – not just Celtic, but Hearts as well – gave us a bit of a spring in our step.

“When we are presented with opportunities like that we have to make sure we’re ready to pounce. That’s especially if we’re off the top.

“Any time someone above us drops points we have to capitalise on that and I thought we did. We were very strong and played some really good stuff.

“When I took over I knew it would take time.

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“But at times today we looked really dangerous going forward and could have scored a couple more goals.

“We rattled the woodwork a few times but that’s the way we’ve got to be at home. When teams come here we’ve got to give them a difficult 90 minutes.

“Out of possession, we were good too – we weren’t lazy with everyone buying into the fact we had to match St Johnstone early on.

“We had to fight and battle and once we won that we knew our quality would take over.

“I thought we were very good, especially on the back of a tough night last week in Spain.

“It was the exact performance I was looking for.

“I thought we were ruthless at times and played some stunning football, scoring five very, very good goals.

“The only fault is with the penalty ay the end where I think we got a little bit sloppy in the last ten minutes.

“But all in all I’m very happy.”

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