Speaking to RangersTV, Steven Gerrard has issued a challenge to his attacking players following Sunday afternoon’s 5-0 victory over Hearts at Ibrox.

The managerless opposition caused few problems of their own and showed defensive frailties as Alfredo Morelos, Ryan Kent, Greg Stewart (2) and a Christophe Berra OG took the Gers to just one goal behind Celtic at the top of the Scottish Premiership.

Stewart came off the bench and added gloss to the victory. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

It was likely the easiest assignment the Gers will have for some time, with a series of away games to come as well as the League Cup final.

Yet, the manager doesn’t want his creative players to go into their shell. Quite the opposite.

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Gerrard issues challenge to Rangers players

“They have the license to swap and change. Scotty likes running forward and Joe likes to come and receive to feet, so it is a nice balance and they can interchange,” Gerrard told RangersTV. “These forward positions that we are playing, I want to give the players license and freedom to go and express themselves.”

 

“They have obviously got to have tactical discipline – but go and break the rules – go and be a 10 with freedom and go and create and score and cause havoc – that’s what I want them to do.”

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Aribo was pushed further forward and registered the assist for Kent’s goal. (Photo by Ewan Bootman/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Verdict

The supporters should be excited by these commands from Gerrard, which suggest Rangers will go to Pittodrie in midweek and Hampden at the weekend with the intention of forcing the issue.

The attacking right side has been something of a problem this season, but there were some positive signs between Aribo and Arfield against the Jambos. Stewart has also given the manager a selection headache with his quick-fire brace.

Meanwhile, over on the left, it looks as though Kent is really getting into his grove. That’s three goals and an assist in the space of a week and hopefully, he is peaking at just the right time.

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