RANGERS boss Steven Gerrard believes Liverpool loanee Ryan Kent deserved the man of the match award after starring in the 4-0 win against Dundee.
Kent, who will spend the season at Ibrox, netted his first goal for the club before being replaced by Kyle Lafferty in the second half.
Scott Arfield was named the man of the match but Gerrard believes the wrong man picked up the gong.
“I think Scotty Arfield has robbed man of the match from him there,” he told RangersTV. “I thought Ryan was certainly that while he was on the pitch.
“Him and Scott were terrific today but I wanted to get him off because I’m going to need his energy and I’m going to need another performance of that level on Thursday night [in the Europa League].
“I think Scotty Arfield has robbed man of the match from him there”
Rangers boss Steven Gerrard
“He was superb and I knew the goals would come. I knew as soon as he started relaxing in front of goal the goals would come. But he’s in a terrific place, well done.”
Lassana Coulibaly opened the scoring for Rangers on four minutes before Kent netted.
James Tavernier netted a penalty on the stroke of half-time and Glenn Middleton bagged his first senior goal to put some added gloss on the scoreline.
Despite the convincing win against Dundee, Rangers’ second of the league campaign, Gerrard is demanding more from his players.
“We got an important win, four goals and a clean sheet,” he said. “But it wasn’t a great performance. It was good enough but we will play better than that.
“We have to play with more control. I want as many goals as we can get. I want to create a team that is ruthless and relentless and we weren’t today.
“We deserve more goals. I don’t just want to get a 3-0 lead and take the foot off the gas. If we want to be a successful team, we have to be at it all the time.
“I apologise if I’m not giving my players enough credit. I just us want to be consistent and strong. I just thought first half I was watching a game of basketball. That’s not how I want it.”
Rangers are up to fourth in the Scottish Premiership table, with eight points from five games.
Gerrard’s men can now look ahead to Thursday’s Europa League trip to Villarreal with confidence restored.