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Steven Gerrard insists he now knows which players to trust after his much-changed Rangers side drew 1-1 against 10-man Dundee at the Kilmac Stadium at Dens Park yesterday.
After losing 1-0 at home to Aberdeen at Ibrox in midweek, Gerrard brought in Joe Worrall, Andy Halliday, Jordan Rossiter, Ryan Kent, Eros Grezda and Kyle Lafferty for the Premiership game against a side who started the match bottom of the table.
Former Gers striker Kenny Miller gave the home side the lead after just nine minutes but that advantage was cancelled out in 21 minutes after Dark Blues defender Nathan Ralph was given a straight red card by referee Alan Muir for a foul on Ibrox winger Daniel Candeias just outside the box, and Halliday fired in the resulting free-kick.
However, the Light Blues were thereafter denied by a Dundee side who defended desperately for the well-deserved point which took them off the bottom, while the visitors ended the match two points behind leaders Celtic.
Asked about all the changes, the Light Blues boss said: “It won’t happen again. People knock on the door. People shake their head when they are not in the team. People are disappointed but that’s fine, that’s football.
“But when you are given a chance, go and back it up, go and perform. Give me a problem and a headache. It is pretty easy, pretty straightforward for me now.
“I know the players I can trust and it is a reality check today that we are not good enough to make six changes.
“It should make my job a lot easier moving forward because there will be less knocks at the door because if players are honest with themselves and watch that performance back I don’t think they have a leg to stand on.
“But I welcome the knocks because I have all the evidence and ammunition to show them why they are not in the team.”
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