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GERRARD OPENS FIRE

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STEVEN GERRARD has opened fire on his Rangers mishits following the scoreless stalemate against Aberdeen at Ibrox yesterday.

The Gers gaffer was left frustrated as he watched his team drop their fifth point in successive weekend setbacks after the 2-1 loss to Hearts at Tynecastle eight days ago.

The Liverpool legend’s side now trail Celtic by four points in the pursuit of the title and the champions can extend that advantage to seven if they beat Hamilton Accies at the FYO stadium this afternoon.

Gerrard, who will be without the goal threat of the crocked Jermain Defoe for about six weeks, is now calling for his creative players to perform when they take on Hibs in Glasgow on Wednesday.

He told Rangers TV: “We’re definitely doing something right in terms of the team organisation, but I think individuals in it today let us down a bit by giving big chances away.

“I’ve belief and confidence in the players, we’ve added a couple of exciting players to it that, with time, I’m sure will come in and help us.

CAPITAL GAINS…Alfredo Morelos will have a key role against Hibs.

“We’ve got some talent around the squad that I’m waiting to come to the fore to help us.

“And I’m going to continue to push Alfredo and Ryan Kent and Joe Aribo and Sheyi Ojo. I’m going to keep pushing them because there’s enough talent in the dressing room to find that spark again.

“It’s vital that it starts against Hibs because our form in terms of the league since coming back hasn’t been good enough.”

Gerrard reflected on the goalless draw with the Pittodrie outfit and added: “I’m very frustrated with the result, obviously two points dropped.

“I think in terms of the performance, the players have tried everything to try and get the breakthrough. I’d like us to be more creative in the final third.

“But, having said that, we’ve created three or four big moments in the game.

“The biggest two were obviously one in the first-half, Alfredo should put Ryan Kent through on goal and the second he should have taken the chance that was presented to him with a fantastic ball by Connor.

“So the result could have been different if we’d taken those two big moments, we gave up a few big moments ourselves, but that was more down to individual errors.”

Rangers have beaten Hibs twice already in this campaign and took six goals off them at Ibrox when Defoe, now unfortunately sidelined with a groin problem, hitting a superb hat-trick against the Edinburgh outfit.

 

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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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