Gerrard Happy In The Main With Saints Win

STEVEN GERRARD was happy ‘in the main’ with his Rangers side as they earned a 2-0 Scottish Premiership win at St Mirren this afternoon.

The Light Blues netted twice in the first half through Kemar Roofe and Alfredo Morelos before seeing the game out relatively comfortably to take the three points back with them on the short trip along the M8.

It’s a third clean sheet on the bounce for Gers after losing 3-2 in Paisely a fortnight ago and conceding one in a 3-1 win over Motherwell – and Gerrard was especially pleased with their return to form in a defensive sense.

Speaking to RangersTV, he explained: "We asked the players to really own the pitch out of possession, and can we get back to keeping clean sheets on the bounce.

"We have done that and we have delivered that. I thought out of possession, we weren't really caused many problems. There were a few little nervy moments, but in the main, we have managed it really well.

"In-terms of our style, it probably wasn't there for the majority of the game. I thought it was really patchy, but there were a lot of positives to take away.

"Both number nines have scored a goal, I thought Joe Aribo and Glen Kamara were immense, and we have kept another clean sheet, so in the main, we are happy and we move into the weekend in a good place."

It was a 17th clean sheet from 21 Scottish Premiership matches for Gers – a quite remarkable record so far this season.

Gerrard continued: "It has been a real, strong reaction from our performance here where I felt as if we weren't ourselves.

"But I took responsibility for that performance. The points return in the league is really, really good and really, really strong.

"But there are another three available at the weekend and we want to go and give everything we can - the best version of ourselves collectively and individually - and I am confident we can get those three as well."

As well as two of his front three – Roofe and Morelos – netting, Ianis Hagi bagged another assist.

On his contribution, Gerrard said: "Ianis has come back into the team and he is contributing really well. I've got some big decisions to make at the weekend, but that is where I want to be - people are pushing for places and that is the way it is.

"But, I will pick a team I think can do the job against Celtic. I won't really go on who scored in the last game or who is in form, I need to pick a team that is going to do the job against Celtic.

"There will be no sentiment, but it will be the team I think can get us the three points.

"I thought we managed the game really well and at times we had control. I just think certain individuals need to take a bit more responsibility - you are playing for Rangers.

"We were playing against an organised team and an aggressive team that come and put you under immense pressure.

"The pitches are getting a little bit bobbly and sticky, so you can understand elements of it, but at times and in patches of the game, we have to show a better style.

"A quick turnaround to the Old Firm is always good - the quicker it comes, the better for me.

"I am really looking forward to it. It is a fantastic game and we are in a good place and I can't wait for that whistle to go."

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