Gerrard admits he used other teams results to motivate his Rangers players before Motherwell trashing

Rangers manager Steven Gerrard revealed he used the results of other teams in the Scottish Premiership this weekend to motivate his side to victory against Motherwell today at Ibrox.

The former Liverpool captain saw his team romp to a 7-1 win over their visitors, who were reduced to 10 men following Carl McHugh’s 34th-minute dismissal.

“Sometimes when you’re playing the last fixture of the weekend and other teams win, it adds pressure, and you’ve got to handle that – but over this weekend it’s been the opposite.’’ Gerrard told Sky Sports.

The victory means Rangers are just two points behind Hearts and current leaders Celtic, who dropped points today against Livingstone.

“Teams around us and above us have given us an opportunity to close gaps and that really helped before the game, going into the dressing room saying to the players: ‘There’s an opportunity to close the gap, go and put a performance in that shows everyone that you’re keen on staying towards the top of the table’.”

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