THRILLED Steven Gerrard sang the praises of his Rangers side as they fought to claim a 4-2 win in a crazy game against Aberdeen tonight.
Ahead through Alfredo Morelos, Sam Cosrove equalised before Morelos made it 2-1 and then James Tavernier netted a penalty to make it 3-1 at the break.
Cosgrove pulled one back from the spot soon after the restart before Morelos and Scott McKenna were both red carded.
The Dons pushed and pushed for a leveler, but Jermain Defoe sealed victory in injury time with a classic breakaway goal.
Speaking to RangersTV in the Granite City, Gerrard explained: “They gave me, the fans and the club everything, and that is what we need against tough opposition like Aberdeen away at Pittodrie.
“It was a firey game and a very physical game, but we stood up to the challenge and at the right times, we showed incredible quality.
“We had to hang on a little bit at the end at times and it was difficult to find the formation to get us over the line but Jermain Defoe came up trumps and that is the reason why I tried so hard to get him through the door as he had one chance and one goal there, and that gave us a little bit of breathing space at the end.
“I am delighted with all the goals tonight. Tav shows his nerve on the penalty, Alfredo’s second goal was an incredible finish and he took his first goal well as well as having another chance in the second half.
“Then Jermain came on and showed why he has been at the top of the game all the way through.
“But give Aberdeen credit as well. They are a tough side and it was a hell of a game. But I am delighted to take the three points home and it is so big this.
“The players were under pressure before the game and the performance showed they care and they want to push on from here.”
The performance too of the two centre-halves delighted Gerrard who added: “I think what happened to Joe Worrall the other week, the way he has come back and responded has been top drawer and I must give him a special mention tonight.
“I can’t think of words for Connor as he as had one session, or half a session because it was so light, and to come in having not played since Celtic and trained so little, he was a mountain for this club tonight.”
The manager has spoken all season for the need for consistency, and with four wins on the bounce now, he continued: “We have to decide on a team and a formation for the weekend at Kilmarnock. We have had a tough night here tonight so we need to recover well and try to get people fit and available for the game.
“We want to try and get to the next round of the cup and then, of course, since Kilmarnock in the league, I have seen the reaction I have wanted to see – but we can’t stop here.
“Aberdeen are not going to go away, Kilmarnock are not going to go away, Hearts are finding form, so we need to keep pushing.
“We need to try and go on a run of form now and keep winning games.”
Gerrard also paid tribute to the superb backing from the Gers fans, adding: “Wow. The atmosphere was brilliant and I really enjoyed the game here at Pittodrie, but I am lost for words with these fans because they are just incredible.”