Rangers manager Steven Gerrard hailed also the referee’s assistant and skipper Steven Davis after Sunday’s 4-0 win at St Johnstone.
Northern Ireland skipper Davis pulled the strings in midfield and popped up with a crucial if controversial clearance moments before replacement Jermain Defoe grabbed first of a brace to seal the rout.
Saints rarely looked capable of procuring a first win of the campaign but midfielder Murray Davidson believed he had caught a late lifeline before Davis scooped the ball into the hands of goalkeeper Allan McGregor- Defoe then swiftly notched his first goal to put the outcome beyond doubt.
“People will discuss this goal-line clearance however out of the angles I’ve seen it’s not a target,” Gerrard said.
“It wasn’t a target. Steven did well on two events and that I thought that he was man of the match by some distance. I thought that he was exceptional.
“The linesman deserves credit for getting this one right because it could have been a big moment.
“It could have put us under pressure late on but with our all-purpose application I felt we thoroughly deserved the clean sheet.”
Gerrard was delighted to see his side moving through the gears after the period.
“First half we did OK and got into a few really good locations. But we did not have quality and it wasn’t linking in the last third. This was why we didn’t create,” the former England midfielder said.
“We had one great chance with Alfredo but we need to try to create more.
“Following the break we found our level of performance. We were outstanding at the
Rangers were fired by morelos ahead with his 12th objective of the season and Gerrard is currently hoping his talisman has cleaned his act up after the disciplinary difficulties of last season.
“Alfredo deserved that aim for his effort and want. Against a different type of opposition on Thursday against Feyenoord he had been unplayable.
“He is in great location, he’s enjoying his football and he is behaving himself. He was shaking the referee by the hand on how off so he trying!
“He is a match-winner and I am very happy with him.
“His general match has been top drawer and it is why he’s been known as to the Colombian group (for following month’s friendlies). I hope he gets chosen.”
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