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Aug 12, 2018 at 3pm UK at Ibrox Stadium (Glasgow)
Attendance: 49,680
St Mirren
Morelos (14'), Goldson (24')
McCrorie (31')
FT(HT: 2-0)

Steven Gerrard warns Rangers players to improve discipline

Gerrard warns players to improve discipline
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Steven Gerrard is "very happy" with Rangers' 2-0 win over St Mirren after having a player sent off for the second league match running.

Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has revealed that he has had to warn his players about their discipline after being reduced to 10 men for the second week running.

The Gers lost Ross McCrorie to a straight red half an hour into their 2-0 win against St Mirren as the makeshift midfielder hauled down Nicolai Brock-Madsen.

Unlike on the opening weekend of the season, however, when Alfredo Morelos was dismissed for an off-the-ball incident involving Scott McKenna - a decision that has since been overturned - Gerrard admits that he can have no complaints with the referee's call.

"I'm very happy with the result and performance in the circumstances," he told reporters at his post-match presser. "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 Connor Goldson scored either side of McCrorie's dismissal to earn Gerrard his first league win in charge of Rangers.

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