STEVEN GERRARD insists Rangers still have a pressure to perform at Ibrox despite the absence of the demanding home crowd.

The Light Blues cruised to a 3-0 win over St Mirren in their first home outing of the campaign in the Premiership as Conor McCarthy's own goal and an Alfredo Morelos double clinched the victory.

It was the first time that Rangers have played a competitive game behind closed doors domestically as a result of the restrictions enforced due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

And Gerrard knows there is still a need for his side to hit the heights to satisfy an expectant support that tuned in from around the world to see the action.

He said: “Very pleased. I would have liked that second goal a bit earlier so we could relax a little bit more. But we were asking a lot of questions of St Mirren.

“We could have two or three in the first half but what pleased me most was that we stayed on the gas and never came off.

“We kept trying to find the answers and it came in the 70th minute. After that we finished the job off nice and strong.

“Two good wins, two clean sheets, so I'm reasonably happy.

“At the moment we don't have that situation (with the fans' frustrations) but there is still that pressure of being a Rangers player. Still that pressure that you need to go win the game.

“A lot of teams are going to sit here and set us the challenge to find the breakthrough.

“Jim has been going on all week about how well they've been defending and how solid and organised they look and he's come here and set us a challenge today.

“But I've got to give the players lots and lots of credit because we stayed on from the first whistle as we chased the breakthrough."