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Gerrard’s ‘not fit to wear the shirt’ blast lifts Rangers


Steven Gerrard
Steven Gerrard

By Andy Newport

Steven Gerrard revealed the details of the half-time outburst which inspired his shot-shy Rangers side to a second-half comeback in Perth.

The Gers boss was furious his team had allowed Matty Kennedy to fire St Johnstone ahead just before the interval.

And he did not hold back in the dressing room as he told his misfiring squad they were not fit to wear the Rangers jersey on the basis of their 45-minute display.

But those harsh words did the trick as a double from Alfredo Morelos sealed a 2-1 win which keeps Rangers on the tails of leaders Celtic, who are now just a point in front.

"The first half wasn't good enough," he said. "Nobody did the shirt justice, nobody looked like a Rangers player to me.

"I had to have the honest conversation with them at half-time, I had to tell them what all the fans thought of them because you could hear their reaction at the end of the first half.

"My job is to let them know what the fans think and it's my job to demand more out of them and we got a major reaction in the second half. Every single player to a man stood up to be counted.

"You saw the two sides to us today. The team in the first half was second best, then we were a quality team which looks like it's capable of being at the top of the table.

"These were three really big points with the two games we have on the horizon."

Rangers now face two crucial clashes against Hibernian and Celtic before the new year arrives and Gerrard wants to see his team maintain their second-half levels.

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