Derek Johnstone: Steven Gerrard must solve the Rangers keeper conundrum

Portugal's defender Bruno Alves attends a press conference at the team's base in Kratovo outside Moscow

Portugal's defender Bruno Alves attends a press conference at the team's base in Kratovo outside Moscow

It was the last game for Rangers before they host Macedonian side Shkupi in the first round of Europa League qualifiers next week.

"We are ready, we are ready for the challenge", he said.

"The expectation and pressure will be completely different to today".

The new Gers manager has already brought in Ovie Ejaria on a season-long loan from his former team and signed Jon Flanagan on a free transfer after the full-back was released from his contract.

Gerrard added: "This was a friendly match against Bury; yes there was 40,000 here so there was a slight bit of pressure, especially for the new players because it's the first time they will be judged".

"After what happened previous year, then of course we know there is going to be a lot more pressure and eyes on us next Thursday".

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Steven Gerrard expects Rangers to further strengthen their squad this summer and remains hopeful a deal to sign Roma striker Umar Sadiq can be completed.

"It was pleasing tonight, it was exactly what we were looking for - a good, strong, positive win full of energy".

"But I'm confident that come kick-off the players will be ready to go". "Teams who come into this stadium need to start fearing Rangers again".

He was Paolo Di Canio's goalkeeper as the Robins won the League Two title in 2011/12 and was part of the side which reached the League One play-off final in 2015 where the Robins lost to Preston.

"Steven Gerrard admitted last month that he would have to have a hard conversation with Allan, Wes Foderingham or Jak Alnwick at some point and it was clear that someone was going to be left unhappy", Johnstone wrote in his column for the Evening Times. "There's nothing I can do about that".

Gerrard said: "Somewhere down the line one of them isn't going to be happy. I'm going to have to make a hard decision".

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