Uk news Steven Gerrard identifies Rangers' 'biggest challenge' after Celtic win MetiNews.Com
MetiNews.Com - The Ibrox boss isn't getting carried away despite back-to-back wins at Parkhead.
Breaking News ! Rangers manager Steven Gerrard savoured a second Parkhead victory in a row but warned his side they must keep producing to trouble Celtic. A double from Connor Goldson gave the visitors victory, the first time they've won back-to-back games at Celtic Park in 25 years. December's win was followed by a severe drop in form after the winter break, and Gerrard has challenged his players to prove they can last the course. Gerrard told Sky Sports: "I think the players are certainly showing more maturity, with time and games we're getting more experience being together. "But we've still got an awful lot of hard work to do. We've got respect for the team that we're chasing but it was a really mature, experienced peformance today. Read More Related Articles 5 talking points as Rangers pass Celtic off the park and Connor Goldson grabs a double "We need more of that from now to the end of the season and that's going to be our biggest challenge - can we go the distance?" The result puts Rangers ' title fate in their own hands with a four point lead at the top having played one game more. And such was their control of the game the hosts didn't even manage a shot on target. Gerrard acknowledged: "It’s a big win, of course it is. "It’s always a tough game when you come here, always a big challenge with a lot of pressure, a lot of anxiety. (Image: REUTERS) "But we’ve put in a really controlled, professional performance today. "I don't think we were at our fluent best but we came here and controlled the game with and without the ball. "I don’t think Allan McGregor has really been tested. Maybe once in the first half with (Moi) Elyounoussi and maybe once in the second half when (Leigh) Griffiths goes round him but he does a magnificent job. "So we're really pleased with what the players have given today, the performance they've given and we were certainly worthy winners. "They threw everything at us, they started with (Patryk) Klimala up front, they brought Griffiths on who's scored goals in this game before.
. "So they threw everything at us but I think that's where I'm most pleased with my team, that we controlled everything that Celtic threw at us and managed the game really well. "We could have maybe gone and scored more, Ryan Kent's volley there at the end, (and earlier) he's through and (Kris) Ajer makes a fantastic tackle. "We're really pleased with the performance that we gave but we haven't been at our best or our maximum. "But we didn't need to be because it was a really controlled, professional performance." Goldson hit both goals in a resounding win, and his manager admits he didn't expect the centre-back to be his match winner.
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Gerrard laughed: "I'm shocked! "Listen, he's certainly capable. He's starting to attack set pieces now. "He's hungry to score, I thought his all-round performance was outstanding. "It was Nikola Katic who was the hero here last year but Connor deserves the headlines he's going to get.
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"I thought he was outstanding, he led us from the back and kept our distances right - you could hear his voice all the way throughout the game. "So he should enjoy tonight, and we should all enjoy tonight, but then it's back to business. "I just said to the players there: 'enjoy your win, you deserve to enjoy your night tonight, but there'll be no getting carried away. We need to remain humble and on we go'.
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"But it is different because last time we had a break and maybe that has ruined our rhythm and fluidity. "We've got a massive game on Thursday and we need to get them recovered and get them ready for that."
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