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Gerrard: Rangers have blown title race wide open

The Light Blues boss saw his team cut the gap to the Premiership leaders to five points.

Statement: Gerrard feels Rangers made a statement by beating Hearts.
Statement: Gerrard feels Rangers made a statement by beating Hearts. SNS

Steven Gerrard reckons Rangers have blown the title race wide open by beating league leaders Hearts.

The Ibrox side scored three times in the first half to ease into a convincing lead over the Jam Tarts, who pulled one back after the break despite being reduced to ten men.

Rangers climb to sixth with victory, but with just five points between themselves and the table-toppers Gerrard believes his side are firmly in the Premiership title race.

He said: "We have beaten a good team today. I said it before the game and I wasn't telling lies - Hearts are where they are on merit.

"We've beaten a good team today because we went to war with them and we matched them in the war and then our football shone through and that's what you have to do in games like this.

"This result had nothing to do with Livi and it doesn't heal the Livingston performance which just wasn't good enough.

"The challenge for me and the team now is that can we make these home performances away from home and that's when we will find consistency.

"Today doesn't heal Livingston, but it was certainly a statement and has blown the title wide open and made it a little bit better looking for us."

Captain James Tavernier was instrumental once more for the Light Blues, playing his part in two of the home side's goals on the day.

The Englishman has been linked with a move to Brighton in the Sunday papers off the back of his recent impressive showings .

Gerrard fired a warning shot towards any Premier League big guns considering a move for the attacking full-back, insisting Tavernier is going nowhere on the cheap.

He added: "I know the CEO at Brighton (Paul Barber) very well.

"He's got my number and he knows where I am. But he best go to the owners and ask for an awful lot of money if he wants James Tavernier.

"That goes for any club that wants my captain. They best go to the bank and get an awful lot of money out - or he's not going."

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