Rangers booked their place in the fifth round of the Scottish Cup with a 3-1 win over Cowdenbeath – but the Gers boss won’t have been too impressed with some of his side’s performances.
The Ibrox giants made eight changes to the side which beat Livingston at the weekend as Gerrard rotated his squad.
Gerrard’s side took the lead after 12 minutes through Andy Halliday when the stand-in captain scored from distance.
It didn’t take long for the Gers to make it 2-0 when Lass Coulibaly stroked the ball home following a corner.
After a little bit of pressure towards the end of the first-half, Kyle Lafferty made it 3-0 at the break.
The Northern Irishman rolled the ball under McGurn after getting on the end of Ryan Jack’s pass.
Cowden got one back through David Cox when he fired home the rebound after Wes Foderingham saved Harvey Swann’s penalty.
With a two goal cushion, the Gers never looked like losing despite the Blue Brazil exerting more pressure in the second half.
Cowden almost had a late lifeline when they thought they’d pulled it back to 3-2 – only to be ruled offside.
Despite the scoreline looking comfortable, the Light Blues really should have won by a much larger margin.
With a number of fringe players on show, few will have gave the regular starters much to worry about.
Wes Foderingham – 6
Keeper made his first start since October but was a pretty quiet. Done well to save Swann’s penalty and couldn’t do anything about the rebound.
Jon Flanagan – 5
Full-back replaced James Tavernier and gave away a penalty at the start of the second-half. Didn’t offer much going forward and kept it all pretty simple.
Nikola Katic – 6
One of one three players to retain his place from Sunday. Took a sore one in the first-half but recovered. Never really challenged by Cowden’s attack.
Gareth McAuley – 6
Veteran came back into the Rangers side and used his experience well. Had one little wobble in the first-half but never really tested much.
Andy Halliday – 8
Opened the scoring with a strike from distance after being handed the captain’s armband for the night. Solid performance from the boyhood fan.
Ryan Jack – 6
Wonderful pass sent Lafferty away to make it 3-0 to Rangers. Quiet night in central midfield and retained possession well.
Lassana Coulibaly – 6
Grabbed the Gers’ second goal with a simple finish from a set-piece. Quiet night for the Mali international but didn’t really do anything wrong. Replaced by Glenn Middleton after 66 minutes.
Steven Davis – 7
Starting to look like the midfielder who won three titles at Ibrox before. Still needs more games before he’s back to his best but is heading in the right direction. Should have been awarded a penalty after being scythed down.
Daniel Candeias – 6
Winger was quiet going forward without Tavernier to accompany him. Still worked hard to link play but just didn’t have the same effectiveness he usually does. Replaced by Jordan Houston.
Kyle Lafferty – 6
Played wide left and offered a different option to the likes of Candeias and Ryan Kent. Used his height well to disrupt Cowden. Scored the third just before the break.
Jermain Defoe – 7
Veteran striker had a couple of half-chances in the opening 30 minutes. Worked hard to get into the right areas and was victim to a few dodgy offside calls. Grew into the game and unlucky not to get a goal.
Glenn Middleton (6), Jordan Houston (6)