THRILLED Steven Gerrard picked out his side’s character, belief and ability to never give up as they won late-on at Livingston tonight.
Alfredo Morelos’ strike three minutes from time sealed all three points for the Light Blues in West Lothian after a hard-fought performance against a tricky opponent.
Speaking to RangersTV afterwards, he explained: "I am very happy. I think we had to stand up tonight to a man, and adapt to a game of football that is not normally our style and our way.
"We had to deal with direct play, physicality and we had to be brave and at the right times we had to play, and we did that.
"We expected this type of game and we prepared for it and I think we got out of the game what we deserved as it was us who was trying to force the game and do the right things and we got our luck in the end.
"We should have had a blatant penalty in the first half and that explains the commotion at half-time, but we got out of this game what we came for and we deserved, so we are closer to where we want to be and I am feeling really good.
"We never created enough here last time we played here. Everything was in front of them and we were disappointed with our outcomes and what we created.
"Today we wanted to go over a lot more and we wanted to make it about their centre-backs and its the reason why we pushed Joe Aribo up higher in the second half.
"Fil Helander had a real, good chance from the set play that he should have hit the target with and I think we had another shot blocked in the first half.
"In the second half, you could feel the goal coming. We were unlucky with an offside one but there was a great little bit of play at the end - the lads showed character, belief and never giving up and great patience, and we got our rewards in the end."
Gerrard spoke glowingly of Morelos’ form in the media this week, and tonight, he continued:
"He is maturing. He gets a yellow card for something that was nothing to do with him which was disappointing, but he showed maturity to keep competing but not let it boil over.
"It was a really strong display and he will get more headlines and rightly so."
Going the other way, Allan McGregor was a virtual spectator, much to the further delight of the manager.
He said: "He had very little to do and we said we wanted a clean sheet and we wanted to get back to that.
"We knew it was going to be a really tight game here and maybe the first team to suffer a mistake or a bad bit of play could be the difference in the game.
"Allan did everything he needed to do, but he was protected excellently today to a man from the front all the way to the back."
The manager also took time to praise the incredible spirit in the club at the moment, adding:
"Never doubt that. Never doubt our spirit. I think the fans epitomise that and demand that, and it is my job to make sure the dressing room gives the fans what they want.
"We haven't done that consistently up until this season, but I think you have seen this season that you have a group of players who will do everything they can to make these fans happy and we are super close."
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