Steven Gerrard bemoans lack of killer touch


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Rangers boss Steven Gerrard felt his side should have been more clinical in their Europa League first-leg win over Progres Niederkorn.

The Glasgow outfit picked up a 2-0 victory at Ibrox with goals either side of half-time from Joe Aribo and Sheyi Ojo, banishing memories of an embarrassing 2017 exit to the minnows from Luxembourg.

The Light Blues passed up a host of clearing scoring chances in a game they dominated and Gerrard knows there is “work to do” in the second leg. James Tavernier missed a penalty, while Ojo and Ryan Jack had efforts disallowed at Ibrox, leaving Gerrard underwhelmed. “I’m frustrated we didn’t score more,” the Rangers manager said.

“We created enough on the night – you can see there was a gulf between the teams – but we haven’t got the rewards our performance deserved. “We need to be more clinical to put these teams away because I really wanted to kill the tie tonight.”

Should they complete the job next week, Rangers face Denmark’s FC Midtjylland in the next stage, but Gerrard knows they cannot start to look at that tie just yet. “Obviously the penalty springs to mind and we probably had six or seven decent chances on top of that to score more goals,” Gerrard added.

“As the game goes on we’re chasing that third goal and lose a bit of discipline and shape at the back and we could have been caught out. Again [goalkeeper] Allan [McGregor] came big for us, but that’s no surprise as he’s a top cat.

“There’s still a lot of work to do to kill this tie off.” Rangers are 2.88 to halt Celtic’s domestic domination by landing the Scottish Premiership this season, while the Hoops are 1.33 to make in nine in a row.

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