STEVEN GERRARD has lauded his Rangers side for playing some “stunning” football in this afternoon’s hammering of St Johnstone at Ibrox.

The Light Blues hit five in the rout to lift them to second in the Scottish Premiership and cap a great week following the excellent earning of a point in Villarreal on Thursday.

Speaking to RangersTV at full-time, the manager said: “We are very happy as a staff. We asked the players to come in with the right attitude, the right mentality and forget about Thursday night.

“We got the job done and got what we were looking for out there, so it was all about today and approaching today right.

“I thought at times we played some really stunning football, and we certainly deserved to win by a big margin today, and we got that with five different goalscorers.

“I thought against Dundee there were times when we came off the gas, and today, we came off the gas a little tiny bit at the very end, but that is being over-critical.

“St Johnstone go away today, and I will be interested to hear what their manager says and what their players think of today.

“But that is what it has to be about here. We have to show people what we are about, we have to play our way and we have to make it uncomfortable for teams.

“That looked uncomfortable for St Johnstone, and that is how I want it.

“I was really happy with the second half over in Villarreal when you take into account the opposition the stage and going behind a couple of times.

“I thought we played some really good stuff and some of the goals were outstanding. Today, in patches, was some of the best football I have seen from us.

“When we move the ball quick in tight areas and we move it from one side of the pitch to the other and we wait for that opening, when we do that right it looks great and we look a very dangerous team going forward.

“That is what we are trying to become. Players are going to make mistakes, and when we do, it’s my fault as I am asking them to play the way I want them to play.

“We want them to really believe in themselves and open up and express themselves in the right areas, and we will protect them as they are trying to do it the right way and they are trying to do it the Rangers way which is good, exciting, attacking football.

“And then out of possession, we need to really hunt it down and get it back, and we did that as well. I was really just as happy out of possession as we were in possession today.”

Gerrard was also asked about Ross McCrorie, who started for the first time since his red card against St Mirren last month, and began the game in midfield before switching to right-back.

The manager added: “Ross came back in pre-season and was outstanding and started the season very strongly. He got sent off against St Mirren which was unfortunate and I think it knocked him a little bit in terms of his confidence.

“He went away with Scotland’s under-21s, and they did an excellent job with him and gave him the license to go and play two full games, and he came back with a spring in his step.

“He has carried that on and he is one we are working very hard on to improve him and progress. He is not the finished article yet, so it is important we manage him right – and I will do.

“But today, he was superb and I am very, very happy for him. He deserves a lot of credit today.”

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