STEVEN GERRARD reckons “there wasn’t enough excitement” as Rangers defeated Stranraer 2-0 in the Scottish Cup tonight.

The Light Blues were comfortable as they progressed to round five of the competition – but Gerrard wasn’t absolutely satisfied with what his side produced tonight.

He told RangersTV: “It’s the fifth win on the spin and it’s a clean sheet. It was a dominant performance in-terms of possession and really only one team trying to find the answers and create.

“But analysing the whole game, there wasn’t enough excitement and there wasn’t enough quality around their box and I don’t think we’ve sent our fans away very happy, so that doesn’t sit very well with me.

“The priority was to get in the next round and it was a chance to give people an opportunity and knock a bit of rust off from the break.

“We have another game tomorrow to try and do that as well, and the priority is to be in a real, good place come Monday because St Mirren is obviously a very important fixture.

“So I hope we benefit from getting the 90 minutes in, but in terms of the performance, I did want to see more.

“If you take into consideration we were playing in front of close-to 40,000 at home on a decent pitch against a team who are two leagues below, I don’t think I can give certain players or certain individuals a better opportunity.

“Some of them haven’t taken that opportunity tonight – I was really pleased with Nathan Patterson and I thought he was very positive.

“He did everything we asked of him and everything we have been working on, but unfortunately, some of the senior players that were given an opportunity as well haven’t taken that opportunity.”

As well as Patterson, fellow Academy player Kai Kennedy was handed a debut late-on, with Gerrard continuing: “I wanted to give him 30 minutes. I asked the players to try and keep the feelgood factor from the Old Firm and go out and really entertain the fans and send them away talking about some good play and us creating goals and scoring goals – but I think they have gone away a little bit flat – probably similar to how I feel now.

“But, Rangers are in the next round so we can’t be too critical.”

Gers will play a further closed-door game tomorrow as they prepare for the resumption of league football against St Mirren on Wednesday.

The manager added: “This game last year got called-off because of the weather and I don’t think we got the chance to knock the rust out and to find our rhythm which obviously affected us at Kilmarnock.

“So hopefully come Monday we can benefit from this game and Queen of the South tomorrow and hopefully the players are in better shape come Monday.”


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