Gerrard puts huge demands on side - fears they aren't capable
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Gerrard demands Rangers “bring A game” – but do we have it in us?

Steven Gerrard and James Tavernier were in defiant mood in this morning’s press conference as they looked forward to tomorrow’s Old Firm. They both demanded Rangers bring their A game to Ibrox.

Despite a bit of a cloud lingering over the support after the Hibs capitulation, the Rangers Manager and Captain remained optimistic. The message was that Rangers can perform tomorrow and can win this game.

Steven Gerrard has demanded Rangers bring their A game for tomorrow’s tie. (photo by Alan Rennie/Action Plus via Getty Images)

“We have to bring our A game,” said Gerrard. “We’re playing against a good team with good players. They will be well drilled, I know that for sure.

“We know that we have to bring our best to get the result we want. I’m confident the players can do that.”

Tavernier echoed that by saying “If all the lads step up and deliver their A game we’ll stand a good chance.”

Are Rangers capable of bringing their best tomorrow?

But are we capable of doing that? Domestically, we’ve struggled to rise to the occasion. And occasions don’t get much bigger than this in Scotland.

Gerrard and Tav took a united and defiant stance pre-match. (ANDY BUCHANAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Against Aberdeen and Hibs we’ve stumbled. If we want to stay in the title race, against Celtic we need to stand up.

The Rangers team and supporters also need that psychological boost. It’d be a huge statement before the chance to catch a breather.

The one flicker of hope perhaps comes from those big performances on European nights at Ibrox. We were unbeaten on home ground during our Europa League run and put in huge performances against the likes of Maribor, Ufa and Rapid Vienna.

We’ll need to perform at that standard to take full points tomorrow. But is it the end of the world if we don’t?

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