STEVEN GERRARD praised the patience of his Rangers players following their 4-0 first leg Europa League win over the part-timers of St Joseph’s in Gibraltar last night.

The Ibrox side struggled for the breakthrough against their gallant opponents and the tie was deadlocked at 0-0 at the interval.

Ryan Jack settled the nerves with the opening goal four minutes after the turnaround and that was the signal for the Gers to pile the misery on the home outfit who were swept away in the second-half.

Debutant Sheyi Ojo, left-back Borna Barisic and substitute Alfredo Morelos rounded off a 4-0 first-leg win and Gerrard was more than satisfied with his team’s first competitive outing of the season.

The Liverpool legend, speaking to Rangers TV, said: “We are going to face this a lot this season where teams are going to sit in and make it difficult for us.

“It is important we show patience.

“If we took a chance in the first-half then it would have been a little bit more enjoyable, but you have got to stay at it, keep pushing, keep grinding, keep probing. You hope that one of your big players steps up and makes the difference. And, again, Ryan Jack has done that for us.”

Gerrard added: “I thought we showed a fantastic attitude and mentality.

These places are tough because the conditions are tough, the pitch is tough, they put a lot of men behind the ball and they try and break up play, make fouls and slow the game down.

“So, a lot of things were against the team and they set us a challenge to go and meet the block.

“But we showed fantastic patience and eventually we took one of our chances and the game then changes in our favour, and we go on from there to build and keep showing really good quality.”



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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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