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RANGERS boss Steven Gerrard is confident the club will keep key men Alfredo Morelos and James Tavernier.

The Colombian striker, who struck his 21st goal of the season in this afternoon’s 3-0 win at Livingston, has been attracting interest from French side Nice while Southampton were rumoured to be tracking the right-back.

But no-one has yet come up with the kind of cash offer that will persuade Ibrox chiefs to let either go before Thursday’s midnight signing deadline.

Gerrard said: “I think there will be talk of Tav and talk of Alfredo, but the reality is there hasn’t been a solid bid for any of our players so far.

“Will one come? Possibly, I’m not sure. I’ll have to answer the question when it does. There hasn’t been a respectable bid for any of the players where we stand right now.”

Gerrard saw his side climb above Kilmarnock with the win in Lothian following goals from Ryan Jack, Ryan Kent and Morelos.

The Ibrox boss added: “We thoroughly deserved our win. We matched Livingston in the battle early on then our quality came through.

“If you’re comparing it with Kilmarnock, we beat ourselves on Wednesday night. It was nothing to do with tactics or formation – it was to do with a defender gifting Kilmarnock a lead, then a square pass and getting done on a counter attack. Nothing to do with personnel, 4-4-2 or 4-3-3.

“We showed today that if we don’t gift people goals, defend properly, do our jobs and stick to a game plan we can win the game because we have more quality than Livingston.”

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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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