STEVEN GERRARD was pleased with his side’s dominant performance against Dundee at Ibrox this afternoon, but he still wants his players to be more ruthless in front of goal.
The Light Blues were 3-0 up at half-time with Lassana Coulibaly and Ryan Kent scoring in the 4th and 14th minutes before James Tavernier found the net from the penalty spot in first-half injury time.
Substitute Glenn Middleton then put icing on the cake in the second period when he bagged his first senior goal but Gerrard insists it should have been more than four.
Speaking to RangersTV post-match he said: “I was pleased with the result, pleased with the clean sheet, but the performance I thought could have been better. I thought it was a bit patchy.
“We played some good stuff at times and I thought we were better second half than first half.
First half we didn’t keep the ball for long enough, a bit similar to the first half of the Old Firm. On the side I felt like the game was going up and down like a game of basketball and at home we want a little bit more control than that.
“But in terms of chances created we were obviously the superior team. I thought Dundee had a little bit of joy first half but I think from the second half it was mostly one way, so there were some good individual performances as well within that.
“So yeah, I’m pleased in many ways but as a manager you are always searching for more.
“We wanted a fast start today. We knew that with the fans, on the back of an Old Firm and coming here with another another incredible full house, I though the responsibility was on us today to take the game to Dundee and try and lift the crowd.
“I thought we did that. We got our joy with early goals but at that time that is when I’m looking for players in my team to be a bit more relentless and ruthless and really go for teams and split the game in two.
When you are two-nil up so early, go and get three and four before half-time. I just thought the game died at certain times, the tempo and the intensity dropped too much for my liking.”
Gerrard’s post-match assessment highlights the high standards the manager expects at all times from his side, and despite being 3-0 up at the break the manager urged his players to go out perform even better in the second period.
He added: “I just said ‘look you’ve got two options here – we carry on being a bit loose and we carry on being a bit slow and just let the game fizzle out, or we can lift it and go through the gears and we can play with a bit more purpose and keep possession more and we’ll create more chances.’
“Four-nil is okay but I was wanting more.
I’m looking at the big picture and we’ve spoken before about trying to make this place a fortress and trying to make this place where teams like Dundee don’t fancy it and they are beat before they come.
“I still thought at times Dundee actually fancied it and they still had a little bit of joy within it, so if I’m being ultra critical I’m just expecting a bit more. Maybe it’s just me.”