Gerrard starts managerial career with 'satisfactory' Rangers win

GETTYSteven Gerrard is the new manager of Rangers

GETTYSteven Gerrard is the new manager of Rangers

"There is still a lot of work to do but I don't think we can fault any of the players tonight".

"Having seen them and what they're about, they gave us one or two minor scares but I'm very confident we can go away and score goals against them", said the 38-year-old.

Shkupi head coach Zekirija Ramadan was clearly unhappy at the award of the controversial penalty converted by Tavernier, the visitors convinced Amir Bilali got a touch on the ball as he challenged Murphy.

"We should have put the whole tie to bed and won more convincingly".

"It's the first game of the season - the first real game and people are trying to over impress and people are still a little bit tense", the former Liverpool and England captain added.

"We are still searching for that full sharpness and full fitness, so all-in-all, yes, I'm satisfied".

"I thought there was a bit of anxiety and tension in our first-half performance".

"We had one moment in the first half where they grazed the bar, and then we had one set piece where we were a bit sloppy at the front post."

"I am happy with the control and how much a better team we look. We will have to adjust a few things for the second leg but we look forward to it". "There is still a lot of work to do".

"Gerrard was thrilled with his impact and continued: "[He was] superb.

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The manager too was delighted with the support of the capacity Ibrox crowd tonight, although he was slightly disappointed not to have run up a bigger scoreline for them.

They did grab the second their dominance deserved two minutes into stoppage time after Ron Broja brought down Murphy in the area, Tavernier coolly slotting the resulting spot-kick home to cap a memorable night for Gerrard.

"But I was very pleased with the atmosphere and the reception we got. It's just a shame we couldn't reward them with goals three and four".

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