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Sport Steven Gerrard hails Rangers 'marker' as boss insists major question has been put to bed

22:43  01 august  2020
22:43  01 august  2020 Source:   msn.com

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Steven Gerrard says Rangers put a marker down in their bid to stop 10 in a row with an opening day win at Aberdeen.

The Ibrox boss was delighted with his team’s display as Ryan Kent ’s goal got their Premiership campaign off to a flyer at Pittodrie against 10-man Dons, who had Andy Considine sent off.

Gerrard knows his side were under pressure to get a result with so much at stake this season as they look to halt Celtic’s bid for 10.

But he believes his players responded with an impressive opening-day performance against Derek McInnes’ side.

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In five games at Pittodrie as Rangers gaffer, it was just Gerrard’s second victory.

Now he wants them to build on it and he said: “It’s a marker for us because all eyes were on us today in the first game.

“When the fixtures came out, everyone was saying: ‘Oh, it’s Aberdeen away, will they drop points?’

“There were questions on us today so we’ll go away pleased at picking up three points and getting a clean sheet. But no one will get carried away.

“Aberdeen ran us all the way to the end and we’ll dust ourselves down for Europe. We have to build on this now.

“That was the start I was looking for, definitely. We knew it would be a big challenge and tough test here.

“We’ve got big respect for Aberdeen. It’s a difficult place to come so I want to praise my players and give them a lot

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of credit.

“We were excellent in the first half, played some really good stuff and showed our style.

“In the second half it wasn’t pretty at times but we showed a different side, that we’re capable of hanging in and

having the steeliness to win.

“I wanted us to kill the game off and take the points away from Aberdeen. I’m pleased, it’s a big win, a good start and we’re up and running.”

Gerrard revealed afterwards that he’s “very close” to adding players to his squad, with the future of striker Alfredo

Morelos still up in the air.

The Colombian wasn’t at his best against Dons but his boss wants more firepower in with Jermain Defoe injured. Despite being linked with Young Boys hitman Jean-Pierre Nsame, he’s NOT on Gerrard’s radar.

The Ibrox gaffer also refused to be drawn on midfield target Bongani Zungu.

He said: “I thought Alfredo did a good job today. He dropped in, overloaded the midfield area for us and

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listened to instructions.

“But we want him fitter and sharper. He had a couple of chances that, with more game time, he might have got on the end of and killed the game off for us.

“But it’s important Alfredo stays focused on Rangers and plays well. The Rangers fans deserve that focus – whatever happens will happen.

“We’re close on a couple of things that are brewing away but that’s not a name (Nsame) we should be linked with.

“There are many other names out there but I can’t control that. We can’t go much longer with just one fit forward. I want one in yesterday.”

a group of football players on a field © PA

Gerrard, whose side now go to Bayer Leverkusen for their Europa League second leg tie on Thursday, praised match-winner Kent and debut defender Leon Balogun.

The Nigerian stopper was handed a start in place of George Edmundson and put in a man-of-the-match display.

Gerrard added: “Leon was outstanding. We trusted him to go in for a debut but this is one of the toughest places to come for an away game.

“But he’s just had a round of applause from the players because they realise how tough a debut it was.

“Ryan was outstanding, he looked really dangerous and put a shift in for the team.

“He has to forget about that performance now and give me it again – that’s what good players do. They do it consistently and relentlessly.”

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