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GERRARD BEMOANS LACK OF KILLER TOUCH

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STEVEN GERRARD rued Rangers’ lack of killer instinct as they drew 1-1 with Hibs at Ibrox yesterday.

Alfredo Morelos netted his 20th goal of the season midway through the first-half, but the visitors claimed a point four minutes from time when ex-Gers defender Darren McGregor headed past Allan McGregor.

Gerrard said: “‘We’ve obviously led for the majority of the game and I think we shot ourselves in the foot by not killing the game off.

“I think we had chances to go and get the second, but Hibs produced that one moment of quality to really catch us out and take two points away from us. It’s not a frustration with that as sometimes you have to hold your hand up to quality and I thought the delivery on the goal was good.

“We’ll certainly analyse where we’ve gone wrong on that, but I don’t think that’s the reason why we’ve not won the game. It’s more about us not having the killer instinct to go and finish this game off.”

Gerrard is now preparing his team for the Saturday visit of Celtic who went three points ahead at the top of the Premiership with a 4-3 victory over Aberdeen at Pittodrie where Scott Sinclair grabbed a hat-trick in a thrilling encounter.

The Liverpool legend added: “I’ve never, ever played in a derby that hasn’t been must-win. If we were sitting above Celtic right now, I’d be saying it’s must-win.

“So, every game against Celtic is must-win. No-one should really ever ask a Rangers manager if an Old Firm game is must-win because you are only going to get one answer.”

Gerrard had his first taste of the unique Glasgow derby atmosphere at Parkhead in September as Brendan Rodgers’ men took the points with a second-half goal from Olivier Ntcham.

The Hoops rattled the woodwork four times during a remarkable confrontation that saw the Ibrox side hemmed in for most of the 90 minutes.

Rodgers has yet to sample defeat against Rangers following 12 games, with a record of 10 wins and two draws.

Mark Warburton, Graeme Murty, Pedro Caixinha and now Gerrard have failed to overthrow the Irishman in his two-and-a-half years at Parkhead.

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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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