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Steven Gerrard says Rangers must improve their discipline

The Rangers boss saw his side reduced to ten men for the second week in a row on Sunday.

McCrorie was dismissed for a last-man lunge.
McCrorie was dismissed for a last-man lunge. SNS

Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has warned his players that they need to improve their discipline after seeing his side reduced to 10 men for the second week in a row.

Alfredo Morelos and Connor Goldson put the Ibrox side two goals up against St Mirren before Ross McCrorie was shown a red card on the half-hour mark for a last man challenge on St Mirren striker Nicolai Brock-Madsen.

Last week, Gerrard saw Morelos dismissed at Aberdeen but that decision was overturned.

However, the Rangers boss had no complaints with the decision to send McCrorie off and admitted that he is concerned by his team's ill-discipline after he revealed that new signing Borna Barisic was brought off early after he picked up a booking.

He said after the 2-0 win: "I'm very happy with the result and performance in the circumstances."

"Again, we've gone down to 10 men.

"I thought that was the correct decision. The referee got that one right.

"The response from my team, every single one of them rolled their sleeves up and did what they had to do.

"I was pleased with the clean sheet in the circumstances.

"I would have liked to keep 11 on the pitch and maybe win the game more emphatically, but at the end of the day it's all about three points.

"The sending-off was completely different to last week when we felt hard done by, said our piece and got justice in terms of the decision being overturned.

"I thought the officials were really, really good today. They got the decision spot on and we've got no complaints.

"I've spoken to the team and praised them for the result.

"But I've also spoken about discipline and composure out there. It's difficult enough with 11 men. We're picking up too many red and yellow cards for my liking. But we'll learn, grow and keep going.

"It was a positive debut from Borna. You can see his quality on the left-hand side. The idea was to play him for the full game, but he picked up a yellow so I had to think about the team. We couldn't afford to go to nine men."

Morelos and Lassana Coulibaly both went with knocks near full-time, but Gerrard hopes both will be fine for Thursday's Europa League trip to Maribor and he has not given up hopes of Ryan Jack returning for the second leg encounter.

The Ibrox boss, who refused to discuss rumours he is set to step up his move for Hearts' Kyle Lafferty this week, said: "Ryan Jack is progressing well. I'm more confident of him being available now than I was a couple of days after Aberdeen. But he still has to come into a full training session."

Saints saw Danny Mullen clip the crossbar just before the break, but Alan Stubbs admitted his side were to blame for their defeat.

"It's tough enough as it is when you come to Ibrox and try to get a result, but we've gifted Rangers two goals," he said. "That's what makes it even more disappointing.

"Danny Muller hit the crossbar and on another day that might go in. They are the things you need to fall for you in these games."

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