Gerrard Shows Little Respect For St. Johnstone After Rangers Dig Out Win

Steven Gerrard was not happy with Rangers' first-half display against St Johnstone

Steven Gerrard was not happy with Rangers' first-half display against St Johnstone

Johnstone the lead just before the break but Morelos headed an equaliser in the 65th minute and then found a victor two minutes from the end of normal time.

Gerrard named Barisic in the starting line-up for the Scottish Premiership clash at McDiarmid Park as Rangers emerged as 2-1 winners to close to within a point of Celtic in the league standings. Though, Celtic do have a game in hand.

"I think you could tell by our crowd's reaction sending them off - the boos were there and quite rightly so - they were well within their rights to boo even louder as that wasn't acceptable - that's not a Rangers team or a Rangers showing first-half". I thought we played with goal, we showed bravery, personality and character.

Gerrard's men had won just one of their previous four games to fall four points behind their Glasgow rivals with the two sides set to meet at Ibrox on December 29.

The Colombian took his tally for the season to 19 with the victor two minutes from time as Rangers closed to within a point behind Scottish Premiership leaders Celtic, who have a game in hand.

He said: "We need a 90-minute performance for the next two games now".

"We didn't have one player out there that was doing the shirt any justice, so I certainly wasn't happy".

Rangers' Alfredo Morelos celebrates after scoring the winning goal with Kyle Lafferty
Rangers Alfredo Morelos celebrates after scoring the winning goal with Kyle Lafferty

"So we are very pleased with the second half but I was very concerned at half-time and I had to tell them that".

Clearly lacking a bit of match fitness, he nonetheless produced a decent performance to keep the team moving towards victory in the second 45 minutes.

"But we shouldn't have to work that hard to win at places like this with all due respect".

Gerrard brought on Glenn Middleton at half-time and then Kyle Lafferty ten minutes into the second half.

Rangers failed to test Zander Clark at all during the opening half as Saints bossed proceedings, taking the lead when Kennedy crashed the ball into the roof of the net just before the break.

"They were the ones who looked like a team who fancied a title race. The kid is disappointed and so are we because he's a top player".

And on Borna Barisic, who limped off before the break, the manager said: "He will be out until we return after the New Year".

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Once again, though, Frampton soaked up the pressure - although the sustained assault left him with a small cut under his left eye. While Warrington, like Frampton, signalled that victory tonight could lead to blockbuster unification bouts in 2019.

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