THE CROCK’S TICK­ING Ger­rard pleads for more sign­ings as Rangers lose four star men to in­jury

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Steven Ger­rard has begged the Ibrox board to bol­ster his squad af­ter he lost four ma­jor play­ers to in­jury.

Leon Ba­lo­gun pulled up be­fore kick- off and

Ryan Jack, Brandon Barker and Al­fredo More­los were forced off dur­ing the rout.

They al l face a race against time to be fit for

Thurs­day’s Europa League tie in Gi­bral­tar and Ger­rard wants new faces in.

He said: “We can only talk about the strength of our squad once the win­dow shuts on Oc­to­ber 6 but I’ve been re­ally clear that we need to add.

“We need to ac­cel­er­ate that now. Go­ing off what I’ve seen in the treat­ment room today, there’s def­i­nitely go­ing to be two, if not three miss­ing for a cou­ple of weeks.

“We need to add num­bers pretty quickly so that we’re OK.

“In terms of how happy and con­tent I am with the squad’s strength, you’d best ask me the ques­tion on Oc­to­ber 6.

“We have lists we’re pur­su­ing and try­ing to be ac­tive on but in terms of how close we are, it’s a dif­fi­cult ques­tion for me to an­swer right now.”

Ba­lo­gun was with­drawn from the start­ing line- up against United with a thigh prob­lem, be­fore Barker and Jack went off with calf and ham­string strains.

More­los picked up a nasty gash on his knee af ter a chal­lenge from Ryan Ed­wards, who es­caped with­out a card from ref Kevin Clancy.

Ger­rard ques­tioned whether More­los would have got off so l ight ly had he made the chal­lenge. He said: “More­los has a gash on his knee and from the side I was wor­ried be­cause it looked a lot worse than that.

“He’s a lucky boy that it’s only a gash. I was im­pressed with United today so 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.

“But 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 Al­fredo had made that tackle.”

Ger­rard’s side broke the 114year record for con­sec­u­tive clean sheets while Ryan Kent was su­perb again and fired the opener while veteran Steven Davis was man of the match.

The Gers boss said: “Kent is play­ing re­ally well and Davis is just a spe­cial foot­baller.

“If any­one had an ex­cuse to be a lit­tle bit flat, it would have been him af­ter trav­el­ling for two in­ter­na­tion­als but he goes out and gets the job done. He’s a top class in­di­vid­ual.”

BA­LO­GUN thigh prob­lem

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