Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has hailed his players after a “dominant” performance saw them thrash Aberdeen 4-0 at Ibrox this afternoon to go eleven points clear at the top of the Scottish Premiership.

Goals from Ryan Kent, Kemar Roofe, Scott Arfield and James Tavernier sunk the Dons as the Light Blues picked up where they left off before the international break.

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Gerrard is confident the players are “buying in” to what he and his staff are doing and admits that they could have had even more goals, pointing to Roofe’s penalty shout when he was brought down in the box.

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“I’m very proud of the players’ performance and application, ” Gerrard told Rangers TV.

“I thought the level was really top today; our movement, our interchanging and our quality in the final third was outstanding. I’ve got nothing but praise for the players.

“Another clean sheet, so everyone is buying int what we are trying to do in and out of possession. The pleasing this as well is level never dropped when we made the changes. People have travelled here, there and everywhere so we were trying to look after them for the big picture and we could’ve scored more goals and we should have had another penalty.

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“I thought we were dominant and strong throughout.”

The Light Blues move on to face Benfica on Thursday night in the Europa League now and will be hoping to maintain their excellent form and take a massive step closer to securing their place in the knockout rounds.

Gerrard will no doubt be pleased with the way his side never let Aberdeen into the game and controlled possession for massive spells of the game and putting the visitors under the cosh.

If Rangers can maintain this level of performance over the coming weeks, it could see them extend their lead even further with the Light Blues playing one game more than Celtic before the Old Firm clash on January 2 and really put pressure on their biggest rivals in the title chase.

 

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