Steven Gerrard calls on Rangers frontmen to 'stand up' amid big absences as he searches for lost killer instinct

Steven Gerrard has demanded his strike force rediscovers its killer touch when Livingston come calling in the Premier Sports Cup on Wednesday night.

The Rangers boss is desperate to get his hands on the cups that eluded his team as they went unbeaten in the league last term but Gerrard knows his side will have to improve at both ends of the pitch after drawing 1-1 with Motherwell on Sunday.

Rangers sit a point clear at the top of the table but have failed to hit the heights of the last campaign and have misfired badly in front of goal.

And Ibrox gaffer, who will be without injured Ryan Kent until after the international break and could only bring on Alfredo Morelos late in the Motherwell game, is adamant that his attacking players must do better.

He said: “We had three really attacking players in Scott (Wright), Fashion (Sakala) and Kemar (Roofe). We had Joe Aribo in there as well.

“We got there, we got down the side of the box, we got into the six yard box. That’s where the frustration is, that we haven’t rewarded ourselves for all our good play.

“Obviously we need Ryan Kent back as soon as possible and back in top form. And we need to get Morelos in top form.

“Because if you look at the first eight or nine games, we haven’t got a leading goalscorer that’s jumping out, or a leading assister who is jumping out. That’s what we are going to need moving forward.

“So I’m going to challenge all the boys in the final third, like I do, and hopefully we can become a bit more of a killer team. Because we are getting there on too many occasions and not rewarding ourselves which is a bit of a concern sitting here right now.

“We are in a good position but we should be in a better position. It’s my job to drive the standards here and we’ll never settle for accepting a draw at home to anyone.

“Football’s about details at the top level. Defensively, we got one or two details wrong but we might have got away with that if our final third play was better.

“People need to stand up and score goals for this football club.”

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