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Gerrard 'satisfied' with Rangers win but wants more

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Pin James Tavernier scored the second goal against Shkupi in the Europa League first leg. Rangers
James Tavernier scored the second goal against Shkupi in the Europa League first leg. Rangers

Gerrard 'satisfied' with Rangers win but wants more

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Steven Gerrard has said that there is still 'a lot of work to do' following his sides first competitive game against Shkupi which ended in a 2-0 win for Rangers.

A first half strike from Jamie Murphy and a late penalty scored by James Tavernier put the new look Rangers side in front.

However, Gerrard was disappointed that his side were unable to take their chances in front of goal.

Speaking to Rangers TV, Gerrard said: "I think there are a lot of positives to take from the game."

"We've won it, got a clean sheet, I thought we defended really well."

"We got the second goal in the end but one concern would be that we didn't win the game a lot more comfortably and put the whole tie to bed tonight. I thought we created enough to win more convincingly so we're still in a tie, we're still in a game and there is still a lot of work to do."

Gerrard had spoken before the game about the importance of not conceding a goal ahead of their away leg in Macedonia.

He was pleased that his players were able to keep the clean sheet, despite still not being at their top match fitness yet.

"I think the clean sheet is very important and it was nice to get a bit of relief with the second goal," the new Rangers boss added.

"I don't think we can create any of the players' effort or commitment or application tonight, I thought they gave it everything and the fans stayed with them all the way through so I'm very pleased about a lot of it. The only thing is we didn't win the game more convincingly."

"We controlled a lot of it, most of it, we were a bit careless at times in a few moments but it's the first real game and people are trying to over-impress, people are a bit tense and are still searching for that full sharpness and full fitness. All in all though, yes, I'm satisfied."

"We all have to look forward to Tuesday and realise that we're still in a game, it's not over and there is still a lot of work to do."

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