Steven Gerrard has explained during BT Sport’s live post-match coverage of Rangers’s 4-0 win over St Johnstone on Sunday (broadcast on 22/9 from 11:45) that he told his players that they had been boring to watch during the first-half at McDiarmid Park.
The Gers were looking to build on their brilliant win against Feyenoord in the Europa League in midweek. But all the travelling supporters had to wait for the second-half for all of the damage to be done.
The two sides went into the break level with the deadlock yet to be broken. Rangers had asked some questions of Tommy Wright’s men, but the first 45 minutes had fizzled out.
Luckily, the Light Blues found a number of gears to move through during the second-half to score four times and bag the three points. And Gerrard admitted after the game that he had not been happy with what he had seen before the interval.
“I think first-half, we went into the game thinking about Thursday night and feeling Thursday night. I thought we looked lethargic, we looked a yard off. We had a couple of chances, but at half-time, I said to the lads, ‘it’s quite boring to watch and we need more. If you want to win a football match here today, we need more’,” he told BT Sport.
“I thought our all-round play was completely different in the second-half. We looked more like the Rangers that everyone wants to see,” he went on to add.
Rangers made a number of statements with their second-half performance. They showed that they can be extremely ruthless and punish teams when they give the likes of Alfredo Morelos and Jermain Defoe chances to score.
They also proved a point by securing a dominant win after such an impressive and emotional victory on Thursday. And their ability to turn their display around after a lacklustre first-half also deserves praise.