Gerrard says Rangers will have to move fast to add new faces after four injuries

STEVEN GERRARD insists Rangers now need to move quicker on their signing targets.

Gers lost FOUR players to injury in yesterday’s 4-0 win over Dundee United.

Ryan Jack was forced off inside the first ten minutes against Dundee United

Ryan Jack was forced off inside the first ten minutes against Dundee UnitedCredit: Getty Images – Getty

Leon Balogun pulled up in the warm-up with Ryan Jack and Brandon Barker limping off in the first-half.

Alfredo Morelos was then carried off on a stretcher in the second half after an ugly high challenge from United defender Ryan Edwards.

Gerrard said: “I have been really clear that we need to add – so I think we maybe need to try and accelerate that. 

“Going by what I have just seen in the treatment room, there is definitely going to be two, if not three, missing for a couple of weeks. 

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“We need to add pretty quickly so that our numbers are okay. 

“In terms of the squad strength and how happy and content I am, you best ask me that question on October 6.”

Gerrard is hopeful defender Balogun and striker Morelos will be passed fit for Thursday’s Euro clash with Lincoln Red Imps.

Morelos is left in agony following the horror challenge Credit: Willie Vass – The Sun
The Colombian international was caught above the knee by the tackle

The Colombian international was caught above the knee by the tackle Credit: Willie Vass – The Sun
Rangers hitman Morelos is carried off the park after Edwards' challenge

Rangers hitman Morelos is carried off the park after Edwards’ challengeCredit: Willie Vass – The Sun

He added: “Leon has felt a bit of tightness in his quad. Hopefully we’ve got to that one early.

“We had a choice to take a risk with that one but there was no need as we had Filip Helander ready to come in.

“That happened before the game but it wasn’t ideal. 

“Jack has a calf problem, which we’ll need to scan to see the extent of that.

“Barker has done a hamstring, which is normally at least a couple of weeks.

“And obviously Morelos has got a gash on his knee. From the side, I was worried and concerned because it looked a lot worse than just a gash.

“He’s come away a lucky boy and it’s only a gash. That should give him an outside chance for Thursday. The doctor is confident if we manage it right over the next two or three days we might have a chance for Thursday.

“But it certainly didn’t look like that.

“So yeah I’m going away from this game concerned about injuries.

“But I have to also remember it was another strong performance from the boys.”

Gerrard reused to slam United defender Ryan Edwards for the challenge on Morelos – but added: “I don’t want to make headlines and say a kid should have got this or that. I don’t want to be that type of manager.

“What I would say is that I’d be very interested to see what the decision would have been from the officials had the shoe been on the other foot and it was Alfredo who had made that tackle.” 

Meanwhile, Micky Mellon says he had a go against Rangers and doesn’t regret it.

The Dundee United boss urged his men forward at Ibrox and they canme close to scoring.

But the quality in Steven Gerrard’s side shone through.

Mellon said: “We know, coming away from here, what we need to work on and where we need to improve to get better.

“We had a chat at the end of the game and next week we’ll try to improve as a Championship team who have come to this level against a top Rangers side.

“That doesn’t mean we don’t have the appetite to try and get better.

“We were determined to come here and have a go because that’s the type of Dundee United team I want to be the manager of.

Dundee United boss Mellon says he doesn't regret having a go at Rangers

Dundee United boss Mellon says he doesn’t regret having a go at RangersCredit: Willie Vass – The Sun

“I don’t want to sit on our own 18 yard box and hope for the best. We wanted to give it a go but we know what we need to improve on.

“There were periods of the game we did okay in. I’ll look over it but the most disappointing thing was losing four goals.

“In bits of our play, we just need to be better with the football. 

“And we need to show a bit more belief when we get into dangerous areas and create opportunities.

“Those are things that we knew we’d find out about at Ibrox. So we’ll work on them to move us forward.

“You can count the gap between the Old Firm and the rest in this league in money, can’t you?

“It’s tough. But that doesn’t mean to say we aren’t competitors and that we can’t improve what we have.

“We can still make these games a contest. But in terms of the gap, anyone with half a brain can understand that.

“We’ll take care of our own business and try to improve this young group of players and reach the heights I think they can get to with honest coaching.

“We’re well aware of the challenge.”

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