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GERRARD PRAISES PLAYERS’ RESPONSE

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RANGERS boss Steven Gerrard was pleased with the reaction from his players as they overwhelmed 10-man Kilmarnock in the Scottish Cup replay at Ibrox last night.

Alfredo Morelos slammed in four goals as the Govan outfit secured a quarter-final tie against Aberdeen at Pittodrie next month.

Gerrard slammed his team for their lacklustre performance in the Premiership goalless home draw against St Johnstone on Saturday.

But they responded against Killie who toiled after keeper Daniel Bachmann was controversially dismissed in the 24th minute following an innocuous incident with Glen Kamara as they awaited a corner-kick.

THE MEAN MACHINE…Alfredo Morelos is hailed by Gers team-mates after one of his four goals against Kilmarnock.

The Ayrshire side have already stated they will appeal the red card for the Austrian.

Reflecting on the display, Gerrard said: “A lot better than the weekend. The fans and myself got the reaction we were looking for.

“The players won the fans back over after the weekend. The performance was there. People will talk about the advantage, but I thought we were super when it was 11 v 11.

“We got in front and I thought we built on that lead. The ref sent the keeper off then we never rested on our laurels, we kept going all the way and that’s what pleased me the most. We scored goals and wanted to create with a fantastic scoreline.

“We looked more like a Rangers team. The weekend was flat and predictable with no creativity and why everyone was frustrated.

SEEING RED…Killie goalkeeper Daniel Bachmann is sent off by ref Alan Muir.

“Taking three or four steps forwards then a huge one back. There’s no chance of being successful, if that’s the case.

“For me, you have to approach every game with the same mentality and that’s when you show threats and can go on runs of games to be successful.

“Discipline has also hurt us this season.”

Morelos will miss the trip to Hamilton Accies on Sunday as he serves the third game of his suspension following his recent red card against the Dons.

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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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