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Wednesday 16 October 2019

Gerrard keen to level the scores

GERS BOSS: Steven Gerrard. Pic: PA
GERS BOSS: Steven Gerrard. Pic: PA

Steven Gerrard has called on his Rangers players to give him one last push as they look to end 2018 on a high against Celtic.

Rangers welcome Brendan Rodgers' champions to Ibrox today for their final clash before the winter break and Gerrard has demanded his team produce a better display than they managed on his Old Firm debut.

The former Liverpool skipper felt the Light Blues showed the side managed by his old Anfield boss far too much respect at Parkhead back in September and paid the price as Olivier Ntcham sealed a 1-0 win for the Hoops.

But this time Gerrard expects no half-measures, declaring: "We have to bring our 'A' game.

"We're playing against a good team who'll be well-drilled. We know that we have to bring our best to get the result we want.

"I'm confident the players can do that. It's the last fixture, there's 90 minutes to go empty it for and give everything you've got. Let's see where it takes us."

The Ibrox showdown will be Gers' 38th game of a gruelling season.

Gerrard's men have won just two of their last six league games but the manager believes a victory that would see Rangers join their arch rivals at the top of the table on 42 points would mean his team are back on track.

"We always said, certainly at the start of the season looking ahead to the first six months, that we wanted to be in this position," he said.

"I feel we're a couple of results away from having the perfect six months, if you like.

"But this is an opportunity that, if we can get the result that we want, it puts us where we need to be.

"In the first 45 minutes at Celtic Park we didn't give a true account of ourselves. We played in a shell and lacked a bit of bravery and belief.

"We grew into the game and improved as it went on but it wasn't enough.

"I just hope the players go and give a true account of themselves."

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