Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has praised his side after they returned to action yesterday for the first time in for months – but the Gers boss warned his stars there is “still a lot of work to do.”

The Light Blues took to the pitch for the first time since losing 3-1 to Bayer Leverkusen in March when they faced Hamilton at Auchenhowie yesterday in a bounce game, coming out 2-1 winners.

Gerrard was pleased with the workout for his players, even if they fell a goal behind early on thank to Ronan Hughes’ strike, and was happy to see them back playing.

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“It is a long time not to play football, so the first game back you are always looking at what you got out of it and we got some real valuable minutes into the players’ legs,” Gerrard told Rangers TV.

“It was a really good workout. I thought Hamilton very professional and made us work for the win.


“But the win is not important, it’s more about getting players through the first game, getting the cobwebs off and getting them a feel for real football, because it doesn’t matter how much you rehearse on the training pitch, until you get your kits on and see the referee, pre-season gets parked up and it’s for real.


“I’m pleased with a lot of it but there is still a lot of work to do. I thought we were slow out the blocks, that can be normal. Players are a little bit rusty and the cobwebs are on there.

“We conceded a sloppy goal but we showed character and courage to get back into the game and we should have won it with more goals.”

Goals from Calvin Bassey and Alfredo Morelos turned the game around for the Light Blues as they stepped up preparations for the league season starting next month.

Attention will now turn to Thursday’s clash with Ligue 1ย  side Lyon with the Gers hoping get back up to speed quickly after so long out of action.

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