STEVEN GERRARD says Rangers must be better if they are to keep the pressure on at the top with a win over Aberdeen this Wednesday.
The Gers travel to Pittodrie for a midweek clash between second and third in the Premiership table and the manager is demanding more from his team than they produced over St Mirren.
Rangers raced to victory at Ibrox over the bottom side on Saturday but Gerrard feels his players have a lot more to offer than they showed in the 4-0 victory.
Speaking to RangersTV on Monday he said: “We will have to be better against Aberdeen, certainly than the first-half against St Mirren.
“In possession we looked quite dangerous but we didn’t look like we had any aggression or intensity out of possession at the weekend
“I thought that improved second-half but there is no getting away from it, we will have to be better out of possession against Aberdeen for the full game.
“I think I am seeing signs of them getting a bit fitter and a bit sharper. You could see Jermain, certainly in the second-half, was looking sharp and a big threat and the keeper made a few good saves from him.
“We did know it would take the new boys three or four weeks to get them up to speed. It is a similar situation now with Glen Kamara and Matt Polster, we will push them, they are doing a double session today to try and add more volume into them.”
Gerrard started January recruits Jermain Defoe and Steven Davis for the second time in the league against the Saints – moving back to a diamond formation he tried out in January’s loss to Kilmarnock.
He admits he will keep experimenting with his team’s shape in order to threaten his opponents more.
“I don’t think the diamond worked again at the weekend but I don’t think any system is going to work if you don’t have that intensity or aggression in your play.
“I felt when we went to a four-four-two in the second-half at the weekend we looked a lot better, we had a bit more balance and Ryan Kent certainly looked more dangerous out on the left.
“You learn all the time with players individually and collectively but certainly having Jermain around does give us more of a threat and gives us the chance to play two forwards on the pitch, which is what we’re going to need at times.
“It is my job to keep oppositions guessing. There was times when we played the four-three-three system before the winter break where we were looking like we needed more of a threat on the pitch.
“We went to a four-four-two against St Johnstone when Lafferty came on and he made a big difference and gave us more of a threat up top.
“We have got options to do that but I won’t be playing four-four-two every week or four-diamond-two every week. We do have to have flexibility in our game if we want to be successful.”