STEVEN GERRARD was thrilled to see his 10 men Gers beat St Mirren to secure three important Premiership points and keep another clean sheet at Ibrox today.
After their Thursday night victory over Maribor, the Light Blues started today’s league fixture positively with Alfredo Morelos and Connor Goldson making it 2-0 with just 24 minutes played.
Ross McCrorie’s sending off after the half-hour mark gave the Buddies hope that they could take something from the game but, as a team, Rangers defended admirably to protect Allan McGregor’s goal for the remainder of the 90 minutes.
The manager, speaking post-match to RangersTV, said: “I’m very proud and I think it’s a good result for us in the circumstances.
“I think we were very comfortable in the game, controlling the game, looking as if we were going to go and win it a lot more comfortably than we did.
“And then obviously with the sending off the game is always going to look different and the lads had to dig in and roll their sleeves up and try and bail Ross out of bother.
“We did that and I’ve very pleased with the clean sheet and the three points.
Gerrard continued: “I thought we started the game really well and that was the idea.
We have to make sure we are not complacent in these games, especially after coming off the back of a big performance.
“We gave a lot of effort on Thursday night so that is the reason why I made a few changes in the starting team, to get that little bit of freshness in and we started really well.
“We’ve gone two-nil up, looking as if we are going to go and get more goals and have a very enjoyable afternoon, but when it goes to 10 men you always know St Mirren are going to come and dig in and put a bit of a fight up and they did.
“But looking back at the game as a whole they never really caused us major problems which is a bonus for us.”
On McCrorie’s sending off, Gerrard admitted the referee had no option but to send the 20-year-old for an early bath.
He added: “Ross’ job was to keep the ball moving for us in the middle of the park and put the fires out and stop counter attacks. He was doing it really well.
“It is unfortunate for him but I think it’s the right decision. I can’t blame anyone else or try and shift blame to protect him; it is what it is and we’ll help him, he’ll learn and he’ll grow from some situations and setbacks like this.
“But he must be a very well-liked person in the dressing room because all the lads rolled their sleeves up and bailed him out.”