STEVEN GERRARD was delighted with his side’s performance against Villarreal last night but he now wants the players to rise to another big challenge when they take on St Johnstone on Sunday.
Ibrox Stadium is again sold-out for the Premiership clash against Tommy Wright’s men this weekend and despite the club’s busy schedule of fixtures, Gerrard wants his team to hit top form and collect three important league points.
The manager, speaking at the Hummel Training Centre today, said: “We have to show our style and we’re better when we are on the front foot, we’re better when we’re aggressive and when we play with intensity.
“A lot of teams at Ibrox have struggled when we have gone through the gears and we have really showed our best.
I thought second half last night was our strongest performance considering the opposition, the stage and the setbacks.
“We were terrific for 45 minutes and if we can carry that into St Johnstone I’m really looking forward to the performance. But the players have to go and deliver.”
While delighted with his players’ efforts this season, Gerrard believes Rangers’ haven’t yet been in control of a game for the full 90 minutes.
He said: “No, I’d love to see it though. I think it would be interesting and a good watch and the players are capable of doing it. It’s just down to focus and concentration.
“Part of the job description here and when I was sitting down with the board, the two words that kept coming out were ruthless and relentless.
“That’s what I want my players to be like and that’s probably the reason why I was slightly harsh on them after the game [against Dundee].
“I don’t want us to settle for periods of the game where we are good, I want to really go for teams and if we get the opportunity and we smell blood, I want to go for teams.
If we have the right mentality and we do get off to a good start like Dundee, it’s very important we stay on the gas.
“Football at this level can be ruthless. Maybe Dundee didn’t have it them to get back into the game but if we decide to come off the gas against some teams we might pay the price for it.
“That’s the reason why I want us to always be on the gas as much as possible.
“St Johnstone are doing okay and they have a good manager, they have a lot of energy in the team, they have a lot of midfield runners and they have a really good focal point in Watt as their number 9. He obviously wears a different number but you know what I mean.
“So the threat will certainly be there against St Johnstone and if we’re not at it, or we think we can turn up and second or third gear, we could face some problems.”