Manager Post Match Reaction

WHILE he once again thought his side could have netted even more goals, Steven Gerrard was still pleased with his side’s performance in their 4-0 win over Dundee United.

The Light Blues gaffer watched on as Ryan Kent, James Tavernier, Kemar Roofe and Scott Arfield netted on what was a comfortable afternoon for Gers, although there were injuries to Leon Balogan, Ryan Jack, Brandon Barker and Alfredo Morelos.

He joined Emma Dodds, Neil McCann and Alan Hutton to give his postmatch thoughts to RangersTV, and began by explaining: "I think for us, a lot of things went against us in-terms of injuries and we had to adapt. I have got to give the players a lot of credit as we had to change our shape.

"Once we went to 2-0, I thought there wasn't a reason to stay 4-2-3-1 and be gung-ho, so I wanted to be safe, certainly to half-time.

"Then we went back to our normal shape we used a lot last year, and Dundee United were giving us the ball back in some good areas.

"I think four flattered Dundee United and we could have went on and got a few more goals. I think we were lucky to keep the [clean sheet] record - they have hit the bar and they have had a good shot [from Shankland] at the near post.

"I thought Dundee United stayed at it - I think they were desperate to score that goal and take that record, so you have got to give them credit as well.

"I think 4-0 is okay - yeah, we could have scored a few more so I don't want to be critical today.

"But I think if you look at us from the beginning of the season to now, if there is one aspect where we can improve, it is to be more clinical and more ruthless.

"What I would say, we are still waiting for [Cedric] Itten to get up to speed as he has had an injury set-back.

"Kemar Roofe hadn't played much before he came in and Alfredo has had his situation, so we are still waiting for our number nines to get 100 per-cent sharp..."

On the injuries, the manager continued: "Leon felt a bit of tightness in the warm-up, so we obviously didn't want to take a risk on that. "Fil was ready to come in and I thought he did an outstanding job again.

"Morelos has got a gash on his knee, and it is a deep one, but it is probably the best scenario we could have hoped for as from the side, I was worried it was a cartilage or an injury that could keep him out for a long time, but it is just a gash. He might be available for Thursday, and knowing Alfredo, he will want to be available.

"Ryan Jack has a calf issue, and we need to wait and see what the scan shows on that and Brandon Barker's is a hamstring issue, so I think he will be missing for a few weeks."

Morelos’ injury came following a tackle from Ryan Edwards, with the manager saying of that: "I only got a good view of it after the game. There is obviously a follow-through there. I don't want to stand here and say a kid should be sent off, but, what would be interesting is if it was the other way around, what the decision would have been."

In winning 4-0 today, Gers set a new Scottish top-flight record having started a season with seven clean sheets on the bounce.

Gerrard added: "I'm pleased for them, and I think they are getting rewarded for all the hard work they did. They did a lot of organisation work and our distances and our sliding in pre-season.

"It was nice to have a pre-season where you had that time to work on your shape out of possession.

"Of course, the staff have done ever-so well working with them, but the players have actually gone out there and we have a mentality and an attitude about us where we want to keep the ball out of the net.

"I think Jon [McLaughlin] has played a big part in that."