AFTER more than three weeks out of action, Steven Gerrard is sharing in the excitement of the Rangers fans ahead of the club’s return to action at Kilmarnock tomorrow night.
Of course, the last game played by the club will be remembered fondly for years to come, with Gerrard believing the good feelings from that should carry on to the Rugby Park pitch tomorrow.
There’s no doubt, with Killie sitting just a point behind Gers in the Scottish Premiership table, it is set to be an extremely tough encounter, but it is one Gerrard simply cannot wait for.
He told this morning’s press conference: “From a personal point of view, I am really looking forward to seeing the players play against Kilmarnock.
“It is a fantastic game and they are breathing down our neck and have done very, very well. Steve Clarke has done an amazing job there so from my point of view, I am very excited to see the team play.
“We should be full of confidence and belief after our last result, and we have done a lot of preparation in the last couple of weeks to get ready for tomorrow.
“Cowdenbeath wasn’t helpful getting called off, but it is what it is. We had to adapt and play two teams against Helsinki to prepare for tomorrow’s game and it is one we are really looking forward to.
“We have got nothing but respect for Kilmarnock – the team, the players they’ve got and also, as I mentioned before on Steve, I have nothing but admiration for the job he has done at Kilmarnock, but it is one where we are going in focused on us and what type of performance we can bring.
“We are in good form. Obviously the break has come, but we are really looking forward to the test.”
Gerrard will be able to call upon Steven Davis and Jermaine Defoe for the first time with the two new additions having arrived earlier in the January transfer window.
On them, the manager explained: “You can see quite clearly what we are trying to build here. We are trying to build a very competitive squad and a squad full of quality.
“We always knew that was going to take time, but I am really happy with how the squad is evolving and progressing. You can see it is a lot stronger than it has been with the additions of Davis and Defoe, and hopefully we can try to strengthen it a little bit more in the coming weeks before the window shuts.
“I think having a player of Davis’ quality into the middle of midfield and bringing in a striker of Jermaine’s class, we knew the quality was always going to go up.
“What I would say, is before they arrived, the team was doing ever so well. The squad was competing at all levels so it is up to the two of them to come and show what they are worth and prove that those two signings are good ones.”
Gerrard also gave an update on the fitness of Connor Goldson, adding: “He won’t be available tomorrow. He’s not too far away, but he won’t be ready for tomorrow.”