STEVEN GERRARD says that Rangers are fully focussed on the task at hand as they gear up to face Aberdeen at Pittodrie tomorrow night.
The Light Blues travel north to face Derek McInnes’ side on league duty and the Gers boss says that his side need to perform to a level to win the match.
Speaking at the press conference to preview the match, Gerrard said: “It’s a big game for us and there are a big three points at stake. I don’t think that previous games are important anymore.
“Obviously, we will respect Aberdeen because they have taken two important results away from us late on in games.
“They scored late against us in the first game of the season too, so the respect is certainly there.
“It’s all about the game that is in the future and is up and coming. We need to go there and perform at a level that is capable of getting the three points.”
Rangers will face Aberdeen on Wednesday, and then face Kilmarnock at Rugby Park on Saturday on Scottish Cup duty, but the Gers boss is only thinking about the game at hand.
He continued: “Playing Aberdeen at any time of the season is always a big game, there’s a rivalry and there’s been a lot of really good battles already this season.
“We are really looking forward to that one and that’s the one that we are focussed on and then we’ll worry about Kilmarnock after we’ve been to Aberdeen.
“It’s at that time of the season now where every game is big. We had to beat Cowdenbeath in the cup because we were desperate to be in the next round.
“We had to take maximum points off St Mirren because we were expected to and with the set back that we had against Kilmarnock obviously it means that put a bit of pressure on ourselves.
“Even after this week, no matter what the results are, the game coming up will be such a big game as well.
“That’s the type of season that we are in and those are the kind of games that we want to be involved in.”
Gerrard’s ten men drew with Aberdeen at Pittodrie the last time the Gers travelled north and when asked what his side needed to do to win the points tomorrow he explained: “I think we have to take our chances when they come about,
“We have to be productive in the final third because we have been guilty of missing chances.
“To be fair to Joe Lewis, he has made some really good saves against us in previous games and we’ve been guilty of giving silly set pieces away and we’ve been punished late on in games by set pieces.”