Rangers eased into the quarter-finals of the Scottish League Cup with a solid 3-0 win against East Fife earlier.
In what could have been a potential banana skin, the Light Blues were comfortable against the League One minnows and were able to brush them aside on the plastic pitch they had to play on.
Steven Gerrard was pleased with what he saw from his players on the day – who have now set up an encounter with Livingston for a place in the tournament’s last-four – and admitted it could have been a difficult challenge.
Speaking to BT Sport after the game (via The Daily Record), he said: “We’re happy to be in the next round. It was a challenge coming here today – plastic pitch, wind swirling all over the place.
“We had everything to lose today but the lads were professional, showed a good attitude and in the end our quality shone through. Yes (the conditions were tough), but you’ve got to earn the right for it to be enjoyable, show desire and compete.”
He appeared to give a special mention to Joe Aribo, Filip Helander and George Edmundson for their performances against East Fife, but Jordan Jones could have perhaps been given some acknowledgement for his display on Sunday as well.
The Northern Ireland international looks to have taken to life at the Ibrox outfit in fine form this season after his summer move from Kilmarnock – having made one assist in his six previous appearances (Transfermarkt).
Rangers News were impressed with Jones’ display as they awarded him a solid seven, stating: “The Northern Irish international should have been awarded an early penalty after being fouled by Murdoch. Jones was Rangers’ biggest attacking threat and caused problems for the East Fife full-backs. Replaced by Jake Hastie.”
Ibrox News also believed the winger was ‘a total menace’ and are excited with what he will bring to the team in the future. They gave him an eight and wrote: “Another great outing from Jones who should have had a penalty, the NI international was a total menace and the home side couldn’t deal with his trickery or pace. What a player this lad is becoming. 8“.
Indeed, the 24-year-old continued to look a real threat once again and although he did not contribute directly to the scoresheet in any way, he clearly appears to have left a lasting impact with his performance.
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