Glasgow Rangers manager Steven Gerrard was overjoyed to gain all three points from a pulsating and controversial match at Tynecastle against the much-improved Hearts on Sunday.
The visiting team never seemed to lose belief when they fell behind after only 27 minutes of the match gone.
Goals from Connor Goldson and Alfredo Morelos cancelled out an own goal from Gareth McAuley to defeat Hearts 2-1, and ensure Rangers go top of the SPFL for the first time since season 2011-12.
It turned out to be Rangers’ winning goal when Morelos scored his seventh consecutive strike to create a new SPFL record, being the first player to complete this achievement since the new league’s conception.
Quite an accomplishment for the young 22-year-old Colombian striker who didn’t cost the Light Blues that much money when Morelos signed for Rangers on the 19th of June 2017.
He was scouted by Jonatan Johansson for Rangers whilst playing for HJK Helsinki, when scoring 11 goals in only 12 games in Finland’s top league.
That was enough to prove he was worth buying for £1 million, and what a buy he’s is turning out to be. Apart from Allan McGregor, he is the best player in the side.
The game produced Morelos’ 17th goal of the season, and he has also led the line magnificently to lay on multiple assists this season. His display against Hearts was memorable for all the fans who now adore him.
This Rangers side displayed an excellent battling mentality, and produced the quality to come out on top of this energetic, exciting encounter.
Rangers were forced to play the final 20 minutes of the game with only 10 men, when attacking midfield star Scott Arfield was red carded for an over enthusiastic challenge on Hearts keeper Zdenek Zlamal in the 2-1 win.
Gerrard insists that the Teddy Bears are not a dirty side after Arfield and his Rangers team=mates have now accumulated seven red cards amongst them so far this season.
Eros Grezda had good opportunities to add to his goal tally and add to a greater victory over the Jam Tarts but couldn’t make any of his chances count.
Speaking to Rangers TV Grezda smiled and said:
“I am really proud of the guys today, we really showed character all the time. We never lost the belief even after going 1-0 down, we came back very fast and in the end we got a very good return”.
“It is always good when you play in the first eleven so I gave everything I had and I am happy I contributed to the team to take the three points. We are top of the league tonight and we are going to enjoy that”.
“I had a couple of chances, one in the first-half and after that two in the second but this time they didn’t come off, I hope next game they come off.
“It is really nice to be top of the league, it gives us confidence and now we have to take it game by game. It is going to be a very hard month up to the break.”
Once again, the Rangers’ supporters were at their best when 4,000 away fans were singing and backing their team to the hilt, and the team certainly responded to all their vocal encouragement.
Consequently, Grezda praised the travelling Rangers fans and thanked all the Light Blues faithful by saying the following:
“The fans were amazing as always, they were so loud today and it was so so nice to have them here.
“They have been fantastic in all the games this season and I hope we are going to continue to win to enjoy it with them.”
Gerrard was understandably delighted with the Rangers’ performance by coming through another stern examination of their character, to leapfrog Glasgow Celtic and grab the top spot by that all-important one point lead.