STEVEN GERRARD wants Rangers to build on their recent sparkling form with another victory over Dundee at Ibrox tomorrow night.
The Light Blues have netted 10 goals in their last two games with 5-0 victories over Kilmarnock and Hamilton Accies, and host Jim McIntyre’s Dark Blues in the Scottish Premiership with a 7.45pm kick-off.
Gers know, however, they face a tough test, with memories of the last meeting of the two – a 1-1 draw at Dens Park in December – still hurting boss Gerrard.
Speaking at this morning’s press conference, he said: “It was very frustrating, and to this day, it still doesn’t sit too well with us. We huffed and puffed on the day and we had all the ball but without any success in the final third, and we also scored a legitimate goal on the day.
“So it was a very frustrating afternoon for us and obviously, for Dundee, it was a very important point for them. There have been signs of improvement from Dundee over since the return from the winter break, but we will show them the respect they deserve.
“We expect it to be tough, but we will go in tomorrow night, spirits are high after we put in a very good performance and we are going in with confidence following two 5-0 victories and two clean sheets.
“So that is very pleasing to see and we want to keep the same rhythm and try and build on that.”
Dundee’s form has improved recently to lift them to 10th in the table following the January transfer window, but Gerrard insists whatever they do won’t affect his Gers side.
He continued: “We know they have changed personnel and they have tweaked the formation from time to time, but it doesn’t really change what we want to do.
“We have a way of playing at home, and I mentioned last week we were a bit disappointed with how we played against St Johnstone, but we had a tremendous reaction to that and we want to go in with that mentality and apply ourselves in the right way, and that is to play exciting football and be as aggressive as we can and hopefully that will be enough to get the victory.”
Gerrard also hopes Gers are beginning to find their best form, adding: “I would like to think so. The reaction from St Johnstone has been really good and positive, and obviously the goals and the clean sheets are very nice, but I have been more impressed with the hunger and the mentality of the group – I think we have got that wrong at times and there is always a danger at Rangers the players can get a bit complacent and think they can just turn up.
“That can’t be the case and we have to show that intent and that hunger with every fixture we play in. That will be the message to the players tomorrow – just because you are on the crest of a wave and confidence is high, you have still got to go and do the basics very well and start the game very strongly.”