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‘JUST FAN-TASTIC,’ GERRARD

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STEVEN GERRARD applauded the Rangers fans for their rollicking support as his team scored two late goals to clinch a famous 3-1 victory over Rapid Vienna at Ibrox last night.

The Liverpool legend saw his team come back from a goal down to claim top spot in Europa League Group G with strikes from Alfredo Morelos (2) and a penalty-kick from James Tavernier.

An enthusiastic Gerrard said: “Our supporters’ performance brought the best out of the players and my players’ performance brought the best out of the fans.

“It was an incredible night. We should have won the game 3-0. Every single player to a man was outstanding all over the pitch.

“That’s the level of performance I’ve been looking for since I came in. That’s a Rangers performance of old, a successful Rangers performance.

‘If I see a paper tomorrow and one of my players has less than an eight, I’ll be asking questions! Please be fair on them.

“The challenge for us now is can we find it more consistently. That’s the best 90 minutes we’ve given and we have beaten a very good team. They had good ideas, good players and good philosophy. We beat a good team.”

Veton Berisha fired Vienna ahead two minutes before the break, but Morelos levelled almost immediately and was brought down in the box by Mario Sonnleitner to earn his side a spot-kick from which Tavernier scored to give them the advantage.

The Colombian knocked in the third in the fading moments after being set up by Daniel Candeias’ clever back-heel.

Gerrard added: “Alfredo was excellent, a handful all night. Out of possession, he ran his socks off. He was a great focal point for us.

“At this level, you don’t get as many chances as we maybe create domestically because of the level of the opponents.

“When he did get his opportunities, he was clinical. But that’s the confidence of where he is and reason he in the frame for Colombia now at international level.”

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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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