STEVEN GERRARD cut a pleased figure at full-time this afternoon as his side overcame a ‘really organised’ Livingston side at Ibrox.
After falling behind to a Stevie Lawless penalty just after half-time, Gers responded with goals from James Tavernier, Alfredo Morelos and Brandon Barker.
Speaking to RangersTV, Gerrard explained: “I think it was the game we expected from Livingston. We knew they were going to come really organised, well-drilled and difficult to play against, and that they were going to set us a challenge.
“In the first-half, we couldn’t really find the answers. We had a lot of half-chances, but we needed one of them to go in for us to change the game and the outlook of the game, and unfortunately it wasn’t to be, and then in the second half, we conceded a penalty, so the job became even more difficult.
“But I think the penalty incident certainly provoked us into our best and from the 50/51st minute, I thought we were excellent and really looked dangerous every time we went forward.
“We had a couple of really good set-pieces and I think over the course of the 90 minutes, we deserved our win.”
Gerrard had no complaints over the award of the spot-kick, though he was pleased with the response of Scott Arfield following it.
The manager continued: “It was a penalty and we would certainly expect that if it was on the other foot. I think there was a slight little graze of the ball, but, it’s a foul.
“That’s why we want Scotty here. He is not just a player – the character, the man – it is not like him to really make mistakes like that, but you always know he is going to bounce back and today again he put in a decent performance.”
Ryan Kent had to go off in the first-half with an injury, which the manager provided an update on, with the new signing being replaced by Brandon Barker who netted the third goal in the game.
“He has a hamstring,” explained Gerrard. “We will look at that over the coming days and we will see how bad it is. Hopefully it is okay and it is not a really serious one, but we’ll know in a couple of days.
“It’s a blow for us – we wanted it to be all about Ryan today but it wasn’t to be, but we have enough bodies and enough talent to cope without him.
“The plan was always for Ryan to go 60 and Brandon to go 30, and I put it on all my match-winners at half-time and said ‘go-on – go and win us the football match.’
“I thought Brandon did really well and took his goal really well, and that will do his confidence good. Hopefully he can build on that.”