STEVEN GERRARD is demanding his players turn Ibrox into a fortress.

The new Rangers boss takes charge of his first Premiership home match when Alan Stubb’s St Mirren visit tomorrow afternoon.

Gerrard said: “These are games that we have to win and take maximum points from.

“The idea is to try to make Ibrox a fortress. The mentality has to be that whatever team comes to Ibrox in whatever competition we need to own the stadium.

“We need to perform like a Rangers team should perform which is front-foot aggressive, we control it with our style, how we want it to look.

“We’re not good enough at the moment and we haven’t been good enough of late in terms of over the last few years to pick and choose our games when we turn up and who we turn up against.

“We can’t just think: ‘Oh well, it’s a big game today we’ll turn up’.

“Every single game is big at Ibrox whether it be in the league, the Cup, the Europa League, that’s got to be the mentality.”Whoever comes into out stadium has to feel this new Rangers team.”

New signing Borna Barisic could make his first appearance for the club, but Gerrard will again be without the injured midfield duo of Graham Dorrans (knee) and Jordan Rossiter (ankle).


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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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