Steven Gerrard has praised the Rangers fans for listening to his pre-match plea over their treatment of skipper James Tavernier.

Tav has come in for sustained criticism this season with fans calling for him to be dropped.

That’s prompted support from former manager Mark Warburton as well as Gerrard, who asked for fans to get off his back after he missed another penalty (making it three from five fails from the spot this season) against Motherwell.

He was much better last night and offered his usual attacking threat in the final third, although Ross County were much less of a threat going forward than other sides.

Talking to Rangers TV after the game, Gerrard paid tribute to the fans and said that Tav was “immaculate” against Ross County.

We’re not sure we’d go that far but it was certainly a better performance than he’s put in in recent weeks.

“Very pleased, three important points just before we go into a semi-final,” Gerrard said.

“A lot of strong performances, fans were superb, Tav, I’m pleased for him obviously after being in the firing line but he was immaculate tonight.

“I’ve been a player. When things are not going your way and you’re in the firing line and you’re fighting to get your top form back.

“The last thing you need is teammates getting on your back, the manager getting on your back and supporters oohing and ahhing.

“The supporters here are fantastic, they’re up there with the best in the world, there’s no doubt about that. But sometimes I need to plea at times just for a bit of support for maybe an individual and that’s what I done.

“I thought they got right behind James tonight and it’s no surprise that he performed really well.”

Rangers next game is the cup semi-final against Hearts at Ibrox on Sunday.

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