Steven Gerrard: 'fear and panic' reason for Rangers crashing out of Champions League
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After discovering the “magic” touch in a 2-1 friendly triumph over Real Madrid, Rangers boss Steven Gerrard noted the selection issues posed by his players.

Summer signing Fashion Sakala and substitute Cedric Itten scored in the second half to give Rangers a big boost ahead of their title defense, which begins next Saturday at Ibrox against Livingston.

Rangers were beaten to a goalless draw by Brighton on Saturday, but Gerrard was pleased with his team’s “dominant” performance, and they stepped up a gear against the Spanish giants in front of a crowd of over 12,500 at Ibrox.

Gerrard said on his club’s website: “First and foremost, we deserved the win and we have been excellent over the whole weekend.

“Obviously, it was two different teams for obvious reasons, but every single person over the course of the two 90 minutes has been excellent and they have given me a lot to think about in the two days in terms of picking teams for real next week.

“That is the problem I wanted – to challenge the team, and could they build on yesterday’s performance, and to be fair, they have backed it up.

“It shows the quality and the strength in depth we have got around the dressing room, so I am really happy and content, but at the same time, it is important we stay calm.

“We have two down days now just to recover and get ready, and from Wednesday, it is important that everyone’s focus is top and ready for Livingston.

“We have got valuable minutes into important players and we have shown a level out of possession that I really like – our speed across the grass, our aggression and moving together as a unit in our shape, I am really happy with that and yesterday, we did a lot of things right but we missed a little bit of magic in the final third in terms of our outcomes, but today, we found that magic.

“It was two great finishes from the boys and they will get a lot of plaudits, but for me, I am more pleased with the two performances from everyone over the weekend.”

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