Rangers boss Steven Gerrard has issued a clear message to his players ahead of a major test against Motherwell on Saturday [Official Rangers Twitter].

The Gers’ remarkable 27-game unbeaten run came to an end at St Mirren in midweek, with a major opportunity to win the League Cup escaping them.

St Mirren v Rangers - Betfred Cup Quarter-Final

Rangers were knocked out of the League Cup in the quarter-final stages (Photo by Craig Williamson/SNS Group via Getty Images)

It was a huge setback to what has otherwise been an extremely positive start to the season and the mentality of the group will now be tested.

In each of Gerrard’s first two seasons in charge, the Gers have shown promise before imploding at a crucial stage. In the past, cup defeats have also often been followed by poor results in the league.

The manager will be all too aware of those past failings, though, and he’s issued a clear message to his player’s ahead of their return to Premiership action.

“We are looking to see who will stand up and be counted,” he said during Friday’s press conference [Official Rangers Twitter].

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“Now it is all about the preparation for Motherwell. It is a good group and I’m sure they will react in a positive way.”

St Mirren v Rangers - Betfred Cup Quarter-Final

Gerrard wants his Rangers players to show a reaction against Motherwell. (Photo by Craig Williamson/SNS Group via Getty Images)

Gerrard’s side currently hold a 13-point lead at the top of the table but Celtic still have two games in hand and a lot could change if the players take their eye off the ball during a congested festive fixture list.

The Motherwell clash is the first of five league matches in 15 days, with the Hoops and Hibernian both travelling to Ibrox during that period.

Three points are a must against the fifth-placed Steelmen on Saturday or the pressure will really be ramped up.

With Alfredo Morelos unavailable due to a violent conduct ban, we’re backing a player to come in for just his third Premiership start of the season.

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