STEVEN Gerrard praised his players attitude after they overcame appalling playing conditions to grab an important league win over Livingston.

The original fixture was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch, it led to the sides playing 24 hours later in still testing conditions.

Scott Arfield’s fourth goal in three games was the difference and the Rangers boss said his side had to focus more on the result than the display due to Storm Dennis.

Gerrard told RangersTV: “I am very pleased and proud of the boys; it wasn’t an ideal situation for the players or the fans the game getting moved 24 hours.

“We had the option to play it on a Monday night, which wasn’t ideal for Thursday so Sunday it was. It delayed everything, yesterday we were waiting around for the right call and I think it was the right call in the end.

“But then we had to head to the training ground and do an extra session when the boys were obviously in game mode and that is not ideal.

“We have handled it really well; I am really pleased with the boys’ professionalism and attitude. 

“Today was all about getting the win, you see the conditions, the wind, the rain and you see the pitch. Admittedly we are also not in our best form at the moment so the win is very important.

“I thought at times today, especially in the second half, you could see us creating a lot more, which is what we are used to seeing. 

“I think we certainly deserved our victory, people will say we rode our luck at times with the one off the post and the McGregor save.

“But for me Alfredo’s goal is perfectly onside and the referee missed a blatant handball so could have been out of sight before they had those moments.”

“When you are not at your fluent best I think it is important that you continue to win football matches.

“I don’t think we won ugly today, I think the game was ugly because of the conditions but I think at times we tried to show quality. 

“We created a few good chances first-half, Andy Halliday had one tipped on the bar, Steven Davis has had a fantastic chance and the Buff could have scored.

“The chances we created and kept creating are very pleasing but we still need to be a little bit more organised and difficult to play against out of possession and certainly when we are going into fixtures like Braga on Thursday night.”

Arfield is going through a purple patch and he is one of a group of players who Gerrard has praised for their leadership.

Gerrard continued: “Scott epitomises what we want as staff. Out of possession he shows grit, he shows fight, he is there for you and in possession he is always available.

“He stands up to be counted at important times so we are extremely happy with him at the moment. 

“We are looking for all those experienced leaders in the group to help us keep pushing towards our top form and when we do we will all be in a better place.”

Rangers now face Braga in the first-leg of the Europa League Final 32 ties this Thursday at Ibrox.

Gerrard said:

“It is a tough game but we are always going to be confident and have belief in ourselves, here at Ibrox in front of a full house, I am sure it is going to be rocking. 

“But we are playing against a team that are bang in form; I think they have lost one in eight or nine.

“So we have respect but we deserve this opportunity and the boys do because they have worked ever so hard to get it. So let’s enjoy it but the only way to enjoy it is to get the right result.”

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