JON FLANAGAN joked Rangers ‘never do it the easy way’ after playing the bulk of today’s match with St Mirren with 10 men.

For the second league match in succession, Gers were reduced in number with Ross McCrorie dismissed on the half-hour mark, but with a two goal lead already in the bag, they managed to see the game out with an element of comfort for the first league win of the Steven Gerrard era.

“It was another tough game,” explained Flanagan, “and we never do it the easy way do we? We are all delighted with the three points – that was the main aim today.

“Obviously, it was a tough old game going down to 10-men early doors, so we are all just delighted with the three points and it was a hard-fought win.

“To bounce back, we needed three points today. We have done that, and I think everyone is happy.

“We got a little taste of [playing with 10 men] last week at Aberdeen where we I think we deserved to win. But, it was a good result and I think we were comfortable, even with the 10 men.”

Rangers have shown so much so far in terms of how tactically and structurally sound they are, but winning so comfortably with 10 men, Flanagan believes, says a lot about the team spirit too.

He continued: “We have been together for six or seven weeks now, and I think all through pre-season we have got to know each other well, we have gelled and while it is only early days, this is a new team with a new manager coming in so we have got to be patient.

“These are the right steps and we are doing well so far.”

Flanagan began the game at right back this afternoon, with new signing Borna Barisic filling his normal left-back role.

The added competition the Croatian brings to the squad is welcomed by Flanagan, who said: “It is always great for our team to have competition in all places. We have a big squad now and it is going to be good for competition, and it is a long season so I think everyone is going to be needed.”

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