RANGERS’ character thrilled Steven Gerrard as they claimed all-three points in added time at Kilmarnock this afternoon.
After going ahead through Scott Arfield in the first half, Stephen O’Donnell looked to have claimed an equaliser with seven minutes left before Connor Goldson headed home right at the death.
It was Gers’ first league win at Rugby Park since May 2011, and speaking to RangersTV after the game, boss Gerrard was thrilled to get over the line.
He explained: “We showed some fantastic character and fair play to Connor for stepping up at a very important moment and finishing a great delivery and it gets us three important points.
“But I did feel when they did equalise it was a bit tough on us. I thought in the main we controlled a lot of the game – I would have liked us to have created a little bit more, but I don’t think you’re ever going to get a comfortable game here at Killie.
“They have a style, the pitch and the way it is – it’s a very tight pitch and you can see they’ve brought it in four yards at both side, so i don’t think you’ll ever get a comfortable game here.
“So I am very pleased and before the game I’d have taken any type of win, so I must give my players credit.
“Maybe. We have spoken on numerous occasions about consistency and mentality and doing what you need to do to get over the line. Killie asked a big question of us today – we fell asleep on a set-piece and they have scored at a very important time.
“It would have been easy for my players to feel sorry for themselves, but fair play, we kept pushing, we managed to get a set-piece where again, we had a fantastic delivery from Tav.
“Connor is the vice-captain here for a reason as he is a leader and he doesn’t like getting beaten.
“He showed great power and what a finish at the end, so credit to him. I just have to take him down now off that cloud as I know what he is like.”
Both goals coming from set-pieces also pleased the manager, who praised technical coach Tom Culshaw for his role.
Gerrard added: “If we can’t win in open play and we are finding it hard to beat the block because the pitch is not suiting us or because they are very disciplined and have so many men behind the ball then a lot of set-pieces are scored and decide matches.
“I have to give credit to Tom Culsaw – he works so hard and puts a lot of effort and a lot of small details into making sure from an attacking point of view, the delivery is right.
“Tom deserves to take a lot of credit for the goals we scored, and I am sure he will be speaking to people about people switching off and giving silly fouls away in the first place as at 1-0, we need to learn to finish games and see them out better.”