STEVEN GERRARD was so proud of his players after they produced a terrific performance to beat Hearts 3-1 in the Ladbrokes Premiership following Thursday’s Europa League win over Rapid Vienna.

The Rangers manager named the same starting eleven for today’s league clash with the top of the table Jambos and they again hit top form, going 3-0 up against Craig Levein’s side in a stunning first half at Ibrox.

Jimmy Dunne pulled one pack for the visitors in the 67th minute after they had gone down to 10 men but, overall, Gerrard insists his team deserve credit for the work they have put in over the past four days.

He said: “I’m delighted. I thought my players were absolutely brilliant again for the majority of that game.

“We got sloppy at the end and a little bit complacent and we lost a little bit of energy, but I think it’s normal in the circumstances.

I think the last four days we’ve had two fantastic results and two top performances. The challenge for us now is can we go and replicate that on the road and that starts with Hamilton when we come back.

“But a lot of players deserve a break and we need to get a lot of players back up to speed. We’ll have a game behind closed doors to try and get some fitness into them lads and then we go again after the break. But it is nice to be able to breath after two very good wins.

“I asked them at the beginning of the season, during pre-season, if we can make Ibrox a fortress?

“I think it’s a bit early to say it is just yet, but we are certainly showing the right signs because teams are coming here, different types of teams, and we’re matching them .

“Physically we’re competing with them and if they want to have a war with us we’re having a war and the lads are also showing incredible quality on the ball.

“They are playing some really stunning stuff, we’re creating chances and we’re taking our goals. So things are looking really good at Ibrox and now I’m desperate for us to go and show the real Rangers on the road.”

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