Rangers boss Steven Gerrard has fired a warning to his Ibrox stars following yesterday’s 2-1 win over Hibs, insisting they need to “manage the game better” against their bitter rivals if they want to challenge for a domestic double.
Goals from Joe Aribo and Ryan Kent handed the Light Blues the three points but there were some nervy moments after Kevin Nisbet pulled a goal back for Jack Ross’ side – although Gerrard confessed he was “really pleased” with the Gers’ overall performance.
With Celtic coming calling this weekend on Scottish Cup duty, Gerrard reminded his players they need to close out each half better and told them there is “no excuses” for not being prepared to take on the league runners up.
“The boys deserve credit but, going into next week, the final stages of the first and second halves need to be much better and we need to manage the game better,” Gerrard said [Rangers TV]
“We’ve got a good week to build into it so there can certainly no excuses from a preparation point of view.
“It’s a fantastic game, a really mouth-watering tie and one we’re really looking forward to.
“I was really pleased with a lot of our performance today.
“But we have to maintain standards for all of the first half and second half as, if you don’t, when you come up against better teams you might come up against more complications.”
There is still no confirmation when the Scottish Cup fourth-round tie will take place after the Scottish FA entered talks over moving the game so it doesn’t clash with the funeral of Prince Philip.
Whenever it is played, there’s a fantastic opportunity for Rangers to take a massive step towards a domestic double with a win over John Kennedy’s side.
After a decade without silverware, bringing a second trophy back to Ibrox this season would be the perfect end to the campaign for the Light Blues.
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