STEVEN GERRARD declared himself ‘proud’ of the performance of his Rangers players following this afternoon’s 1-1 draw with Aberdeen at Pittodrie.

The Light Blues played 80 minutes with 10-men and had 60 of that with a one goal lead before the Dons netted an injury-time leveller.

Speaking to RangersTV after the game, Gerrard said: “First and foremost, I am very proud of my players – the players that started and the players who came on – the effort they put in to the game was magnificent.

“I am gutted for them that they never got over the line and took maximum points as I think we deserved it. I thought we were a class above Aberdeen today, and had we had that little bit of quality in the final pass, we could have got another goal, maybe two or three.

“So in terms of the performance with 11 and 10, I am very pleased. I’m disappointed obviously to drop two points, but I can’t be critical of my team and what they gave me today.

“Tactically when we went to 10 men we were superb and every single player carried out exactly what we asked to the letter.

“I think if you are an Aberdeen fan or anything to do with Aberdeen, then today you would have seen a different Rangers.

“The mentality is different and we are a different team – a better team. I think at times we played some stunning stuff with 10 men which is a big compliment to the team.

“The lads are disappointed in there, but there is no way in the world we should go away disappointed – I thought we thoroughly deserved the three points and it’s just a shame we never saw the last three minutes out.”

The red card to Alfredo Morelos came after an altercation with Scott McKenna, and on that, Gerrard continued: “I have a view on it and I think we have been hard done by. For the assistant referee just to see Alfredo’s action and not see McKenna’s barges before – the provocation – if he told the referee that he got barged in the face twice, then maybe he would have had a different view.

“It seems from the outside before I came in that Rangers don’t get much support with decisions like that, so that is disappointing.”

Gerrard now has to recover his players for Thursday’s Europa League clash with Maribor at Ibrox, and on that, he added: “The games are coming up thick and fast – and the punishment for doing well in Europe is the schedule gets even more packed. That is the reason why we need a big squad and players available to step-in when needed.

“We have an issue with Ryan Jack now as well, so we will need to check on him. First and foremost, he was fantastic before the injury.

“I think it is a head injury, so we will go and get that checked out.”

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