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‘WE WENT TO WAR,’ GERRARD

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STEVEN GERRARD insists this season’s Premiership title is up for grabs after watching Rangers wallop leader Hearts 3-1 at Ibrox yesterday.

Craig Levein’s side had been undefeated with six wins and a draw from their seven league games, but saw their record obliterated in Govan as Gers raced to a three-goal half-time lead.

Ryan Kent, Alfredo Morelos and Scott Arfield hammered in the goals with Jimmy Dunne claiming a late consolation for the 10-man Tynecastle outfit who had Michael Smith red-carded.

The home players came out the traps in whirlwind fashion and Gerrard commented: “I thought they were sensational. I said it before the game – and I wasn’t telling lies – Hearts are where they are on merit.

“We’ve beaten a good team because we went to war with them and we matched them in the war and then our football shone through. That’s what you have to do in games like this.
“Today doesn’t heal Livingston, but it was certainly a statement and has blown the title wide open and made it a little bit better looking for us.”

A frustrated Jambos gaffer Levein added: “I thought if we didn’t gift Rangers the first two goals, I think the stats say we were in the game.

“That included 34 or 40 minutes with 10 men. I’d like that game again, in all honestly, because I think it would have been a different outcome.”

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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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