Speaking to RangersTV after Wednesday night’s 4-0 win over Dundee, Steven Gerrard wasn’t satisfied with his team’s performance.
He seemed tinged with disappointment, that a 3-0 lead after 20 minutes, didn’t turn into a fully fledged mauling.
Nonetheless, it was a third straight comfortable victory for the Rangers.
Furthermore, his side have now gone five matches without conceding a goal.
Just as he isn’t shy in handing out criticism after a bad result, the manager is usually quick to give individual praise when things are going well.
It was clear, though, that his overriding emotion was frustration.
Therefore, while the collective first half performance was labelled ‘outstanding’, few individuals were singled out.
Instead, he reserved his most effusive praise for substitute, Jermain Defoe.
“Jermain Defoe has made me feel a lot better because that’s a hell of a finish at the end”, Gerrard told RangersTV.
Slid through by Ryan Jack in the 89th minute, the January signing emphatically rounded off the scoring. In the context of winning the three points, it was hardly an important moment, but it helped put a little extra gloss on the victory.
“It doesn’t matter whether Jermain plays 90 minutes, or 60, or 30, we want him to be a goal threat and his movement is fantastic.”
“I used to love playing with him. He’s a dream for a midfielder because his movement tells you where to play the ball.”
High praise indeed, from Gerrard.
His new striker now has five goals in seven SPL appearances. That’s a good start in anyone’s book.