Steven Gerrard: Rangers boss pleased with 'ruthless' win at Livingston

Alfredo Morelos
Alfredo Morelos scored Rangers' third goal at Livingston, his 21st of the season

Steven Gerrard lauded a "ruthless second half" from his Rangers side as they moved second in the Scottish Premiership with victory at Livingston.

Ryan Jack put Gerrard's men a goal ahead at the break before Ryan Kent and Alfredo Morelos added further strikes, the latter his 21st goal of the season.

In truth the tally could have been even higher as the Ibrox side bounced back from Wednesday's defeat at Kilmarnock.

"We matched them in the battle," Gerrard told Rangers TV.

"If we are being fussy at half-time, we could say maybe we need to take more chances.

"Credit to the boys, they stayed with it second half. Kept battling, kept fighting with Livingston and more chances presented themselves.

"We were ruthless in the second half. That's what I like."

No 'respectable' bid for any player

The win takes Rangers to within three points of leaders Celtic, having played a game more.

Gerrard's side have not lost two consecutive games all season, and he was pleased to see that trait continue.

"Every time people have asked questions of this team they've gone out and proved they are a good team," he said.

"The disappointing thing from Wednesday night was we beat ourselves, we gifted them goals.

"But today we were perfect defensively and that helps us to win football matches because we know we have quality players who can hurt the opposition."

The Rangers manager also underlined his confidence at keeping hold of his key players ahead of the January transfer window closing this week.

Morelos has been the subject of bids in the past while James Tavernier was reportedly on Southampton's wanted list.

"We made a call on it this morning and they're not [interested]," said Gerrard of Southampton.

"I think there will be talk of Tav and talk of Alfredo but the reality is there hasn't been a solid bid for any of our players so far.

"Will one come? Possibly, I'm not sure. I'll have to answer the question when it does. There hasn't been a respectable bid for any of the players where we stand right now."

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