STEVEN GERRARD was thrilled with Rangers’ stunning performance against Aberdeen and to watch his side score five goals against Derek McInnes’ men.
The manager, speaking to RangersTV post-match, believes the Light Blues are playing with great confidence and belief as they made it five wins in a row with a terrific display at Ibrox this afternoon.
He said: “It’s very pleasing to win the game so convincingly and we are creating a lot more chances as well. We’ve kept Aberdeen quiet for the majority of the game so very pleased.
“The lads have been outstanding since the Old Firm. We’ve got a bit of momentum going and the belief is there and the confidence is there, and we are going to take that into the next game. The boys deserve a lot of credit.
“We wanted to play on the fact that Aberdeen have had a tough week. They went into extra-time [on Wednesday] and they have got some injuries within their group as well.
“So we wanted to play at a good speed today, with intensity and really high tempo, and ask Aberdeen a lot of questions. We did that.”
James Tavernier certainly played his part in the 5-0 win, the captain scoring twice from the penalty spot to make it 1-0 and 4-0 in the 20th and 70th minutes respectively.
Gerrard added: “Tav got a bit of criticism for the couple of penalties he missed, but it shows the man and the character to have the belief and the bravery to step up and take another couple today.
“I thought his performance was really good. He made a small mistake in the first half that I’ll remind him about, but in the main he’s been brilliant. And he’s led his team to a very important victory today.
“But we’ve got players in good form and Alfredo gets his header to make it 3-0. Greg also gets his one-two with his header first and then follows it in.
The important thing for me is that we’ve got attacking players really attacking the goal and playing in interesting places, and we know we have got the quality from out wide.
“So we scored some excellent goals today and certainly the second penalty, if it wasn’t a penalty I’m sure it might have been a goal from open play. So there were a lot of positives to take from today and we want to take it into Thursday now.”
The manager put on substitutes Jermain Defoe, George Edmundson and Brandon Barker in the second half, and he was delighted with the impact they had on the game.
He continued: “I was pleased with the subs. JD comes on and gets a wonderful goal and that’s what he is all about – touch and class.
“I think the subs kept the intensity there and it gave me the opportunity to get George some minutes. So yeah, my substitutions today weren’t necessarily to change the game, it was more to get people out there and thinking of the bigger picture moving forward.
“We are in good place. There are still a lot of challenges ahead, a lot of important games to come. We just need to take each game as it comes and try and keep this snowball effect with the momentum.
“As I say, after a setback in the Old Firm we’ve been outstanding and we want to just keep building on that and keep trying to churn these wins out.”