STEVEN Gerrard last night stated that Rangers will travel to Parkhead to take on Celtic on Sunday confident they can win after their hard-fought triumph over Kilmarnock at Ibrox yesterday.

Gerrard’s team struggled to break down Alex Dyer’s side and needed a second-half goal from substitute Alfredo Morelos to clinch a narrow 1-0 victory.

The result means the Glasgow club are five points behind their city rivals at the top of the Ladbrokes Premiership with a game in hand against St Johnstone at home still to play.

And Gerrard stressed that Rangers, who are now undefeated in the league in 14 matches, will believe they can pick up all three points when the Old Firm game kicks off this weekend.

“We are going to Parkhead in good form and good shape,” he said. “We know it will be a very tough match, they have a very strong home record.

“But we played Celtic a few weeks ago and put a good show on, gave a good account of ourselves. I expect us to go there with confidence and belief we can get a result.

“We have a game in hand, so I’m not really too concerned about gaps. I’m concerned with my team winning football matches."

Gerrard was delighted to see Morelos, who returned to action after missing the win over Hibernian at Easter Road last Friday night through suspension, net his 28th goal of the 2019/20 campaign.

“That’s what he gets paid to do, he gets paid very well to do it,” he said. “He’s being doing it from the start of the season and I predict he’ll continue to do it until the end of the season.

“We speak about him most weeks and most games because he is such a fantastic footballer. You expect your players in the final third to provide those moments of magic. He has stepped up at a big time for us."

Steven Davis returned to action after a three week injury lay-off when he came on in the second-half and Gerrard admitted he has a big decision to make over whether to start the Northern Ireland midfielder against Celtic.

“I want all my best and top players available,” he said. “He had only trained for a couple of days, that’s why we started with him on the bench. It was nice to get him on, he gives us a bit more control in the middle of the pitch. So I’ve got decisions to make between now and Sunday.”

Gerrard stressed he was pleased with the outcome of the Kilmarnock game even though his Rangers team didn't perform at their best.

“I’m delighted because we got exactly out of this game what we got out of Hibs - three points, a clean sheet and on we go," he said.

“I apologise if it didn’t look pretty for the supporters, that it wasn’t three, four or five goals. But I’m going away very happy because it’s a win and a clean sheet.

“We set out to entertain, to play well and for it to look brilliant on the eye. But teams are not going to just allow that every single week.

“You have to give credit to Kilmarnock, they defended resolutely. They were getting blocks in and got a lot of men behind the ball.

“They had no ambition to win the game, but we have to accept that teams are going to come here and try to steal points away from us. He (Dyer) went on record and said that before the game.

“Killie did it very well for a lot of the game and we had to force the goal. So we are learning, but we have to get used to it because a lot of teams will come and do that after the winter break as well."

Gerrard added: “We have incredible support and, with all due respect, sometimes they come here and just expect you to blow teams away.

“Liverpool supporters were the same when I played there. So it’s important to tell the players before the game and at half-time to be patient, continue to believe in what we are doing, not panic or get frustrated.

“I thought we got a little better in the second half, we were shooting more and getting more crosses in. We had more purpose.

“Killie set us a challenge, come and beat us and they made it very difficult for us. We found a way, which is very pleasing."