Gerrard demands sharper Rangers focus

24 October 2021 18:00:06 CET
Gerrard wants faster start

Rangers manager Steven Gerrard demands his players to make a faster start as they came from behind to record a 2-1 victory over St Mirren.

Gers won the Scottish Premiership title for the first time in a decade last season and they are 4/7 to defend their crown, with Old Firm rivals Celtic considered their main threat at 5/4.

Slow start

Rangers broke the 100-point barrier and finished 25 points clear of arch enemies Celtic last season and they have already built a cushion this time around.

Gerrard's side are three points clear at the summit after ten games and their narrow win at St Mirren was a fourth straight success on the road.

Rangers stumbled out of the blocks and found themselves 1-0 down inside four minutes when Connor Ronan's stunning strike gave St Mirren a surprise lead.

However, in the style of true champions, Rangers responded positively and Kemar Roofe levelled with a 42nd-minute penalty.

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Just seconds later, Alfredo Morelos scored his 100th Rangers goal and put the league leaders in the driving seat.

Gerrard trust

Gerrard was thrilled with the result in Paisley, but demanded his players to be more focused from the off.

Speaking to Sky Sports, the 41-year-old said: "Pleased with the result but it took us 25 minutes to get going.

"After a game in Europe, away from home, we've got to come out the blocks sharper than we did today.

"But, you've got to have trust and belief in your players that they can turn it around."

When asked about Morelos hitting a landmark, Gerrard added: "From his point of view, fantastic, we're obviously all very proud of that. But, for me, he needs to continue to be hungry and set more targets."

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