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‘WHY I’M CONCERNED,’ GERRARD

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RANGERS boss Steven Gerrard admitted concerns over his team’s lack of a killer touch following the goalless draw with FK Shkupi in Macedonia last night.

The Ibrox outfit eased into the Europa League second qualifying round on a 2-0 aggregate scoreline.

However, despite enjoying a lot of possession, Gerrard’s side failed to extend their advantage and the rookie gaffer confessed afterwards that he was worried.

He said: “I’m a bit mixed right now. We’re pleased with one side of the game, but there is certainly a hell of a lot of work to do on the other side.

“Out of possession, we were good, our shape was good. We were aggressive and I’m pleased with the clean sheet.

“I thought Allan McGregor and my two centre-backs, Connor Goldson and Nikola Katic, were outstanding.

“Shkupi got one real chance on goal late on which we will look at, but our game management was really good.

“We handled everything that was put at us bar that one chance.

“So, there is definitely a base there for how we want to look away from home. It’s a platform to build on.

“But I’m disappointed with us in possession for the first 30 minutes. I don’t think we passed the ball well enough and throughout the game there was a serious lack of quality in the final third.”

* Gerrard was speaking to Rangers TV.

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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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