STEVEN GERRARD reckons Rangers performance today was “as good as you are going to get coming to Livingston.”
Gers scored either side of half-time through Joe Aribo and Alfredo Morelos to go into the international break level on points at the top of the Scottish Premiership.
Speaking to RangersTV in West Lothian, the manager explained: “I thought it was a very strong performance. I thought we were outstanding really – we came here and we competed really well, did the basics very well and played some incredible football at times.
“I think that is as good as you are going to get coming to Livingston. If you think about that performance compared to 12 months ago, it’s night and day.
“So I am very pleased and proud of the boys. It has been an excellent block and I think if you take away the first 10-15 minutes at Hearts, they have given me everything I have asked of them.
“We need to be a team that can adapt to different challenges and different games. Some teams are more physical than others, so we have to come into those games with that mentality where, yeah, you want to be physical? We’ll match that and we will compete and do all the ugly side and do the basics.
“Then, when our moments come, we’re going to show you how good we are. I thought we did that today for 90 minutes – we were outstanding.”
Both goals in their own right were excellent, with Gerrard continuing: “It was a great break for the first one with a fantastic, weighted pass by Scotty Arfield to Joe Aribo, and it is a top finish.
“I brought those two into the team today because their attitude and how they have trained, they have been outstanding and have probably been unlucky to be outside the last couple of XIs I have picked but I knew they were ready.
“They came in today and have given me something to think about. I am very pleased with both of them.
“The first goal is a great move and then you always know at places like this, unless you want pressure at the end of the game you have to go and find that next important goal, and Buff shows his strength again, bullies the defender and I thought the moment had gone but he dug one out and it was a terrific finish at the end.”
Gers recent form has pleased Gerrard enormously, with the manager adding: “It has been a squad effort, in possession and out of possession. We’re not conceding many goals and we are looking ever-so dangerous going forward.
“Of course, people will talk about Buff and JD [Jermain Defoe] and the attacking players – but don’t forget the clean sheets and don’t forget the defensive performances today.
“I thought the back four were magnificent. Borna – I mean, he is in some place and he needs to continue and come back in that place.
“I thought the two centre-halves were so dominant on the floor, in the air and the midfield again were top, Glen Kamara especially.”