Gerrard hits out at Darren Moore following Tavernier interest

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In Rangers' case, they have given themselves a fighting chance of a place in the Europa League play-offs for the first time since they lost - to Maribor, as it happens - in August 2011.

Rangers, however, will have to avoid a stumble in Slovenia after giving up an away goal in the shape of Mitja Viler's 40th-minute equaliser.

Tavernier converted from the spot minutes after the break and Coulibaly headed home what could prove to be a decisive third in the closing stages.

Gerrard said: "It's always nice to get a bigger advantage in Europe". It's an important goal for us but we certainly won't be getting carried away by the scoreline.

Maribor coach Darko Milanic admitted Rangers had turned the tables on his side in the second half with a dominant display.

"We played with aggression and organisation". I thought we looked like a proper team in the second half.

"We can't just think that it's a big game today, so we'll turn up". But then something didn't feel right from about 15-20 minutes until half-time.

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The raucous reaction of the support to Rangers' second-half performance on Thursday was reminiscent of the years before the financial meltdown which occurred in Govan in 2012. We should be front foot and aggressive and we control it with our style and how we want it to look.

All eyes were on Morelos following his controversial dismissal in the weekend's Scottish Premiership draw at Aberdeen - a red card that was rescinded during the week - and he did not disappoint, bundling home at point-blank range in the sixth minute after Jasmin Handanovic failed to hold Ryan Kent's initial effort.

He said: "I'm not too sure (on a timescale) for Graham just yet". That's the reason I gave him the armband'. "They are best mates so they can take the blame together".

On the night, supporters took to Twitter to praise the performances of the goalscorers with Morelos in particular coming in for plenty of praise.

He said: "He's a machine and is exactly what this football club needed in terms of an enforcer who enjoys biting into tackles and pressing and doing the ugly side of the game".

He's got a bit gobby since going up North hasn't he!

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