Gerrard sees room for improvement

02 August 2020 18:27:21 GMTPlus10

Rangers manager Steven Gerrard was full of praise for his players despite admitting they were below their best as they got their Scottish Premiership season up-and-running with a 1-0 win at Aberdeen.

Gers played second fiddle to Celtic in the Scottish Premiership last season, finishing 13 points behind their fierce rivals, but a first-half strike from Ryan Kent ensured they made a winning start to the new campaign at Pittodrie.

It wasn't a vintage display from Rangers, who were missing last season's leading scorer Jermain Defoe through injury, but Gerrard accepts Aberdeen is a tough starting point and performances can only improve.

Speaking to Sky Sports following the Aberdeen win, Gerrard said: "In an ideal world we want to look great in our style all the time, but that's not real.

"Over the course of 38 games there are going to be passages of play where the opposition put you under pressure and try to take you out of your comfort zone."

The Rangers boss was particularly complimentary about Colombian striker Alfred Morelos, who is subject of a £17m interest from Ligue 1 outfit Lille, and new defender Leon Balogun, who slotted well into a back-five on his first league start since arriving from Wigan.

When asked about his new recruit Balogun, Gerrard added: "He deserves all the plaudits that come his way, I thought he was outstanding. I thought everyone else in the back-five complimented him, clean sheets get you places where you want to go, so we can build on that."

Rangers are 2.87 to win the Scottish Premiership, with Old Firm rivals Celtic 1.40.

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