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‘WE OWE SUPPORTERS,’ GERRARD

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STEVEN GERRARD has vowed to reward the Rangers fans for their backing with a strong finish to the season.

The rookie boss will complete his first campaign in Scotland without a trophy, but he is eager for his team to put down a marker for the new term.

Gerrard watched his players completely outplay a dispirited Hearts outfit as they swept to a 3-1 triumph at Tynecastle with goals from Jermain Defoe, Ryan Jack and Nikola Katic.

The Edinburgh side’s gaffer Craig Levein has a massive job on his hands in attempting to revive a well-beaten bunch of players for the Scottish Cup Final against Celtic at Hampden on May 25 with the Hoops zeroing in on an unprecedented treble treble.

Gerrard’s side are now eight points behind the champions who face Hibs in a tricky fixture at Easter Road this afternoon.

Chairman Dave King said during the week he felt the club was within “tangible reach” of becoming Scotland’s dominant team once again.

The Liverpool legend feels his squad will only progress with further backing in the transfer market – and wants his current pool to set a tone to take beyond the summer into the new campaign.

Gerrard, speaking to Sky Sports, said: “We owe it to our supporters to give them four strong performances from now until the end of the season.

CAPITAL SHOW…Rangers players celebrate Nikola Katic’s first goal for the club.

“We rewarded the support today, which was excellent. People came in their numbers again and we gave them a performance to be proud of. That’s the message until the end of the season.

“We’ve under-achieved at certain times this season and we’ve done well at times, but the fans are owed four strong performances from the boys.

“Consistency is a word that’s come up a lot. At times, we’ve taken three or four steps forward and then our performance hasn’t been good enough to go on a run of winning games.

“Aberdeen are up next, which will be tough. They’ve had some joy and success against us over the season, so we’ll have to find another performance that’s good enough to keep this run going.

“When we become capable of stringing a lot of wins together, that’s when we will challenge for certain things.”

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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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