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Gerrard wants more investment in Rangers squad

Steven Gerrard

Demands: Steven Gerrard (pic: SNS Group)


Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has demanded further investment in his squad if he is to build on this season’s progress.

The Light Blues ensured they will finish in the top two in the Premiership for the first time since 2012 after easing past 10-man Aberdeen at Ibrox.

Two penalties from captain James Tavernier were enough to complete the Gers’ fourth win in a row and kept Celtic waiting for the title.

The Hoops, 1-0 winners over Kilmarnock on Saturday, are nine points ahead with three games remaining and can clinch their eighth successive championship at Pittodrie this weekend.

Gerrard insisted that strengthening his squad is essential to ensure the good work of this season is not wasted.

“It is a big win and three important points that we needed to confirm second place,” he said. “There was excellent quality throughout and I thought we were outstanding from start to finish.

“It is progress and I know the club is moving forward in certain areas. We are improving and looking stronger but there is still a lot of work and improvement to do.

“We need more quality to help the 11 and we need to continue to improve our discipline and our injury record. If we make those three things happen, I’m confident we can be more competitive next season.”

Defender Jozo Simunovic headed home the only goal of the game at Parkhead as Celtic marked the death of Billy McNeill with a narrow win over Kilmarnock.

Interim boss Neil Lennon has now seen his team concede just two goals in ten games, though the team’s style of play since Brendan Rodgers’ exit has been too laboured for many fans’ liking.

At the other end of the table, it was a bad weekend for basement club Dundee who remain seven points behind nearest rivals St Mirren.

Despite taking the lead twice in the first half at Fir Park, the Dark Blues succumbed 4-3 to Motherwell, while Daniel Mullen snatched a last-minute equaliser for the Buddies at home to St Johnstone.

Elsewhere, Hibs and Hearts shared the Edinburgh derby spoils after a 1-1 draw in Leith, while Hamilton and Livingston shared six goals at the Hope CBD Stadium.

Scores: Rangers 2 Aberdeen 0, Hibs 1 Hearts 1, Celtic 1 Kilmarnock 0, St Mirren 1 St Johnstone 1, Hamilton 3 Livingston 3, Motherwell 4 Dundee 3.

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