STEVEN GERRARD was thrilled with the reaction from his Rangers side as they hammered Kilmarnock to reach the Scottish Cup quarter-finals tonight.
The Light Blues were rampant to defeat a side who have caused them all sorts of problems this season to come back from the disappointment of Saturday’s 0-0 draw with St Johnstone, and Gerrard was so pleased with what he saw from his side.
He told RangersTV: “I was pretty confident we were going to get a reaction as the players were very disappointed and frustrated with their weekend showing.
“The fans were too – and rightly so. It was up to us to come out tonight with a different mentality and a different attitude, and I thought we started the game very strongly.
“We took the lead, played some really good stuff and then Kilmarnock going down to 10-men helped us even more and we went on from strength to strength.”
Alfredo Morelos grabbed a fantastic four goals in the victory, and while delighted with the Colombian’s contribution, Gerrard made special mention for those who had set him up.
He continued: “He was fantastic. He deserved his four goals and I thought he was a constant threat throughout the game.
“I thought he showed tonight again, we missed him sorely in certain games this year, so it was fantastic to have him back but I would also like to praise the supporting cast tonight with Candeias getting some assists and Kent getting an assist.
“It is important we keep producing numbers in the final third because at times it has let us down this year, but tonight we were a threat throughout.
“People will talk about 10 men and the advantage, but we looked a threat at 11v11 and we were well in control before the referee took one of their men away.”
Gerrard again stressed the need for his players to find this level of performance more often, adding: “I think the message to the players is that they have to find consistency. We can’t be taking four or five steps forward and then suffering a setback and then everyone is down and players are talking to each other, and then we get this big, massive reaction.
“For me, you have to go into every game with the same mentality, the same reaction, the same attitude and the same fight and desire.
“That is when you go on runs of wins that last more than three, four or five and you can go on and achieve things and be successful together.
“The players know. It feels different in the dressing room tonight and it is for one reason – they approached the game completely differently.”