GERRARD AIMS FOR ‘FEELGOOD FACTOR’
STEVEN GERRARD will demand Rangers return to winning ways against Hamilton Accies tomorrow afternoon after the 2-1 Europa League setback against Young Boys in Switzerland on Thursday.
Christian Fassnacht’s stoppage-time winner condemned the Ibrox side to only their second defeat of the season, but the Liverpool legend will insist they continue to put pressure on Celtic at the top of the Premiership.
The Hoops lost their 100 per cent league record in the 1-1 draw with Hibs at Easter Road a week ago while Gers thumped Aberdeen 5-0 to edge within a point of their great rivals at the league summit.
Gerrard, speaking to Sky Sports News, said: “I want that feelgood factor back.
“We’re in a really good place, in terms of our league form and we want to continue that against Hamilton.
“In terms of the players, it was really tough game on a tough pitch, so I’m sure the extra couple of days is quite useful to get their energy back in their body and getting ready to go again for 90 minutes.”
The late strike in Switzerland following a blunder by skipper James Tavernier led to fierce criticism from some fans of the club’s English defender.
However, Gerrard praised the full-back’s mentality and added: “James is the captain of this team for a reason. He’s mature enough and big enough to handle the criticism.
“We’re all responsible for that result. Of course, there were a couple of mistakes that have affected the result, but we’re all in this together.
“He’s been fantastic for me, his team-mates and the supporters, so we have to remember that.”