Steven Gerrard Thrilled With His Side

STEVEN GERRARD was thrilled with his Rangers side tonight, and described himself as especially pleased with how his side competed in a 3-0 win at St Johnstone.

First-half goals from Kemar Roofe and Glen Kamara was followed by a second half Ianis Hagi strike as Gerrard’s men racked up another three points.

Speaking to RangersTV at full-time, he explained: "I'm very pleased. We made a couple of changes tonight and we tried to add a few more technical players.

"The most pleasing thing over the course of the 90 minutes is we competed really well and we did the ugly side of the game.

"I thought our 'A to B's' in the first 10 to 15 minutes could have been better, but that would be being ultra-critical.

"Over the course of the 90 minutes, we were strong, we executed really well and players are either in-form and staying in-form or people are coming into form.

"Joe Aribo is starting to flex his muscles again, Kemar Roofe again showed his predatory instincts and the Buff came on and did really well.

"There were a lot of positives. Glen Kamara could have felt sorry for himself after what happened to him at the weekend, but he showed a fantastic attitude to come in and he was excellent over the 90 minutes alongside Davo [Steven Davis].

"So there were a lot of strong performances individually and collectively, and if we can keep continuing to get that, I will be very happy.

"It took us probably a quarter of an hour to unleash a good shot. To be fair to Ianis, he comes into the team and one thing he will do for us is take shots on and he doesn't mind taking a risk in his passing or his shooting and I like that and we got our rewards for it.

"But your nine has got to be sniffing that out in the right area, he has got to be quickest to react and Kemar is in a fantastic place.

"The reason I took him off was just to offload him for the next game."

The manager also spoke glowingly about the performance of Ianis Hagi, adding: "He was excellent against Motherwell when he came on. I thought he showed cleverness and real quality in his play and it was a strong performance from him.

"I thought he tired a little bit at the end so I am going to have to monitor that in the coming days as he got a little bit leggy in the final minutes.

"But, it is understandable - it was a tough night and he put a shift in so fair play to him." Despite it being Christmas, the hard work continues for Gers, with Hibs the visitors to Ibrox on Boxing Day.

Ahead of that match, the manager said: "We will get the players recovered tomorrow and we will see our families and enjoy our Christmas dinner.

"I'm pleased the supporters can enjoy their Christmas Day and hopefully they stay safe and enjoy it with their families at home.

"Then Christmas night, we get back to work. We'll have a short, sharp session on Christmas night and our full focus will be on Hibs as it is such an important fixture."

RANGERS: McGregor, Tavernier, Goldson, Helander, Barisic, Aribo, Kamara, Davis (Zungu, 77), Hagi (Itten 82), Roofe (Morelos, 64), Kent (Arfield, 82)

SUBS NOT USED: McLaughlin, Bassey, Defoe, Patterson, Balogun.

ST JOHNSTONE: Clark, Rooney, Gordon, McCart, Booth, Davidson (McCann, 45), Bryson (Melamed, 82), Wotherspoon, Conway (May, 45), Kane (Craig, 82), McNamara (O’Halloran, 77).

SUBS NOT USED: Parish, Hendry, Ferguson.