STEVEN GERRARD admitted he was not impressed with the performances of some of his fringe players during Rangers’ 2-0 Scottish Cup win over Stranraer at Ibrox last night.

The Gers boss also revealed he was left BORED by his team’s display against the struggling League One outfit.

Gerrard made seven changes from the side that beat Celtic 2-1 at Parkhead before the mid-winter break and goals from Scott Arfield and Jermain Defoe (penalty) eased them into the next round.

They eased into the fifth round after a first-half strike from Scott Arfield and a Jermain Defoe penalty.

However, the Govan gaffer, speaking to BBC Sport, said: “Some people didn’t take their opportunity.

“If you are outside the 11 at the moment, waiting patiently for an opportunity, and it comes against a team a couple of leagues below us, it’s a good opportunity for people to show me they are going to affect the 11.”

Gerrard had said earlier this week that some of his stand-by players had “pushed themselves further away” from his plans after a 6-1 friendly win over Lokomotiv Tashkent in Dubai.

But he was pleased with the debut of 18-year-old Nathan Patterson, who played at right-back in place of sidelined skipper James Tavernier.

He said: “I was really pleased with Nathan. It was a very positive home debut for a kid his age who has only been around the first-team squad for a short period.

“Everything I have asked of Nathan, in Dubai and leading up to this game, he went out and did it.”

Gerrard also handed 17-year-old Kai Kennedy his debut from the bench, but admitted he had been frustrated in his wish to give the winger more than the final 10 minutes.

He added: “Unfortunately, I didn’t have that luxury. Our fans came tonight really excited and hoping the players could put a show on and entertain them over the course of 90 minutes. Unfortunately, we never delivered that.”



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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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