STEVEN GERRARD has ordered his Rangers players to be relentless as they moved to a solitary goal of Celtic at the Premiership pinnacle following their 5-0 romp against Hearts at Ibrox yesterday.

Alfredo Morelos notched his 25th strike of the season while Ryan Kent added to last week’s double against Hamilton Accies to ease the Gers to a comfortable half-time lead. After the turnaround, Christophe Berra put the ball in his own net for the THIRD time in this campaign and substitute Greg Stewart completed the rout with two more.

Gerrard now has to look forward to the tricky trip to face Aberdeen at Pittodrie on Wednesday before switching his focus to the Betfred League Cup Final with Neil Lennon’s holders at Hampden on Sunday.

However, the Liverpool legend is demanding there is no slacking and has demanded his players do not even think of ending eight years in the trophy wilderness until after the confrontation with the Dons.

Gerrard, speaking to the Daily Record, said: “We want to win by the biggest margin we can and and probably in the eyes of the players I’m a bit of a moaner like that.
“Some of them maybe want to come off the gas and relax at three and four, but not for me – I want to continue to keep doing the right things.

“As a team, we’re not at a level where we can just pick and choose when we can stay on the gas, so for me it needs to be consistent across the board – forget the scoreline and play with the correct intensity and try and score as many as we can.

“I can’t complain with a 5-0 win at home on the back of a European night that we had to really push and give a lot in. I’d have some cheek to go in and complain about the amount of goals!

“Credit to the players, it’s another box ticked and now we recover and go up to Aberdeen which will be a tough game for us.

“You’ve got to go to Pittodrie at some stage in the season. You don’t pick and choose the fixtures and they’ve come into a bit form of late and we need to forget about the Cup Final until the final whistle at Aberdeen.

“It’s another big, important game for us and we need to go up there and how our best level and if we do I’m confident we’ll get the outcome we want.



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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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