Rangers manager Steven Gerrard hailed Jermain Defoe and the Gers bench for their “really high” level against Aberdeen on Sunday.

Gerrard’s side ran out 4-0 winners against the Dons and were dominant throughout, creating 18 shots overall.

Speaking after the game, the former Liverpool midfielder praised his replacements for maintaining the same levels as the starting 11.


“That’s the pleasing thing for me, that the level and the understanding stays really high,” he said (via BT Sport).

“You see the substitutes we brought on against Aberdeen and how eager they were to score. You can see JD’s (Jermain Defoe) hunger and movement, Ianis (Hagi) had a chance, Cedric (Itten) had a couple of a chances.

“I still had (Brandon) Barker there and could have used him because he scored in the last game. We have certainly got the options and I am in a fantastic place at the moment in that respect. But the key is – can we keep them healthy and keep the group in a good place for the rest of the season? If we do, we’ll continue to give teams a lot of problems.”

Rangers’ depth is one of their great strengths and Gerrard has really committed to rotation so far this season.

In the Scottish Premiership 25 players have appeared already, with 20 players having made five appearances (via WhoScored).

With the Europa League and the title race ongoing, and a number of players in their 30s, Gerrard has had to strike a fine balance, while he has also leaned in to some of his best players like James Tavernier, Connor Goldson and Ryan Kent.

These three have started every game in the league, while Borna Barisic has missed just two league matches due to injury. As the season goes on they will need a rest, but Gerrard is striking the balance well so far.

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