Rangers boss Steven Gerrard has backed Liverpool loanee Sheyi Ojo to kick on after the forward scored on his competitive debut for the Scottish side.

The Gers beat Gibraltar 4-0 last night in the Europa League qualifiers, with Ojo among the scorers with a fine effort from the edge of the box.

The 22-year-old will spend all of the 2019/20 season on loan at Ibrox, and Gerrard believes he has “everything” he needs to become a big success.

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“Listen, Sheyi has got all the attributes and if this doesn’t work it will be because of Sheyi,” Gerrard said. “He has got everything in the locker – he is quick, he is strong, he is powerful, he takes on information.

“From a manager’s point of view, you know he is going to take on the tactical information, you see him chasing back and making fouls and getting yellow cards.

“He knows that he needs to make this work. He is delighted to be here, he has settled in well and the fans are having him. Now he has got to build on that.

“Towards the end, I could see him coming down slightly. I want him to be ruthless from start to finish and he will get the numbers that he wants and that will satisfy everyone.”

The former Liverpool skipper added: “If you take it back 12 months, you have to consider were weren’t match fit when we went to face Shkupi.

“We’re still not match fit so everything is against us – the conditions, the pitch, we’re not match fit, so it can be tricky at times and in the first half we did try to force it at times but we showed a great attitude and professionalism throughout.

“We backed ourselves the goals would come when we showed the patience. We’re a lot further forward than we were 12 months ago.

“Back then we came in and took over a job and there were a lot of things that needed to change and a lot of information we had to get to the players and it was going to take time to get the tactics across.

“The advantage guys such as Sheyi, Greg Stewart and Jordan Jones have now is they’ve come into a team that has been together for a year and we know how we want to play so it’s a lot easier for them to pick up.

“At the start of last season, we had 23 players and everything was new to every one of them. We are a lot further forward than we were.”

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