Rangers maintained their 100% start to move top of the Scottish Premiership with a 3-0 win over St Johnstone – but it still was not enough to satisfy Steven Gerrard.
Borna Barisic’s free-kick was followed by goals from Ryan Kent and Joe Aribo before Gerrard rang the changes with half an hour left.But the home side failed to keep up the pace after the introduction of four substitutes – including a debut for new signing Kemar Roofe – and Gerrard warned that is not good enough.
He said: “They were three good goals – a piece of magic from Borna, a great team goal for the second and a good set piece for the third.
���But I thought we got really sloppy at 3-0. We let the game die instead of maintaining our standards. Over the course of the 90 minutes, we turned the ball over too much. So there is still a lot to work on.
“You probably think I’m a moaner but even though we won the game comfortably 3-0, we can still learn a lot collectively and as individuals.
“Tonight was our fourth game in 11 days and I made a lot of subs in the second half, so I’ll take my part in the game going flat and sloppy. There are a lot of positives. I’m not complaining, I’m happy.”
Ross Stewart’s late penalty ensured Ross County maintained their unbeaten start, although they had to make do with a point after a 2-2 home draw with Kilmarnock.
County went in front after 15 minutes when Ross Draper headed home but they found themselves trailing with 24 minutes remaining after goals from Alan Power and Chris Burke.
However, Power’s handball allowed Stewart, who had earlier hit the bar, to level from the spot with 11 minutes left.
Motherwell and Livingston belatedly opened their accounts after the spoils were shared in a 2-2 draw.
David Turnbull got the home side’s evening off to the perfect start with their first goal of the season after eight minutes, although their advantage was soon wiped out from the penalty spot by Lyndon Dykes. Allan Campbell restored the home side’s lead before the break only for Alan Forrest to level in 69 minutes.