GERS boss Steven Gerrard was delighted to see his side score four goals against St Mirren but admits he was frustrated by the overall display this afternoon.
Three penalties – two from skipper James Tavernier and a third from Jermain Defoe on his competitive Ibrox debut – and an excellent fourth goal from Ryan Kent secured three valuable Premiership points for the Light Blues but Gerrard, speaking to RangersTV post-match, feels his side can play a lot better.
He said: “I’m disappointed with the first-half performance. I thought we were a little bit off it, I thought we looked a little bit lethargic and we forgot to do the basics that are required in football matches at a big club, which is to run hard, be aggressive, make tackles and do the ugly bits.
“I thought we looked dangerous going forward in the first half but overall I was disappointed in the first 45 minutes. I think there was an improvement second half as we passed it better and created more.
We looked better when we went to 4-4-2 with the wingers and we could have won the game more emphatically. But performance-wise I’m a bit disappointed today.”
On a remarkable day at Ibrox referee Andrew Dallas actually awarded four penalties with Tavernier also uncharacteristically missing from the spot in the first half.
He said: “First one is stonewall, a hundred percent penalty. Second is debatable, I’m not sure how much contact there was. But what I will say is none of our players appealed or tried to get a penalty. Jermaine has bounced right back up to carry on the game and we were awarded the penalty so we’ll take it.
“Number three was the hand ball and number four right on the 18-yard box was debatable as well. But two are definites for me and two are debatable and we feel as if the officials have missed a clear one on Alfredo, so there could have actually been five which is very strange! So some you get, some you don’t.”
Tavernier could have completed his hat-trick from the penalty spot but instead handed the ball to his teammate Defoe who fired home Rangers’ third goal in the 80th minute.
On that, Gerrard added: “It’s Jermain’s home debut if you like and I admire the fact that him and Alfredo both wanted the penalties, but for me it’s important moving forward that James just does the job.
“He’s the number one penalty taker, then it’s Alfredo and then it’s Jermain. But look, the important thing is we scored the goal, but I don’t like to see people grabbing the ball off each other, I don’t think it’s right.”