STEVEN GERRARD guided Rangers to top spot in the Premiership at Tynecastle and then insisted it meant nothing to be there at this stage of the season.

A 2-1 win over Hearts took the Light Blues above Celtic and to the summit of the standings for the first time on Gerrard’s watch.

Strikes from Connor Goldson and Alfredo Morelos won it for the Gers after a Gareth McAuley own goal had given Hearts the lead.

But Rangers will be without Scott Arfield for the clash with Aberdeen on Wednesday night after he was shown a straight red card in the second half.

Gerrard said: “It means nothing to me and I’m not lying. It is fantastic for the fans as it has been too long.

“They can enjoy tonight but we have another big game in 72 hours and that’s my focus. I said before the game it would be nice to be top, but I won’t think about that.

“All I will think about is what knocks we have, who is available for Wednesday against Aberdeen and what am I going to do without Scott. I go straight to work for that game.

“I am not interested in the league. You get nothing for it now. We have worked hard to get there, but it is a challenge for us to see how long we can stay there.

“People have games in hand and will breathe down our neck, but it is a different responsibility.

“The players know that and we have to handle that. There is no point getting carried away, because we are in early December and you get nothing for it right now.”

After battling their way to a point against Villarreal at Ibrox, Rangers again had to dig deep to end the week on a high note in Edinburgh.

The red card for Arfield was the only negative for the Light Blues but Gerrard was delighted with the sprit and character of his side once again.

He said: “It was a very important result and it is a big one for us. It is our first big win against a rival away from home and we will take confidence and belief from this result.

“The emotion at the end comes from finishing the game with ten men again. The job becomes more difficult when that happens so we are pleased to get over the line.

“Scott is late and he knows he is. I have no complaints, but he isn’t a dirty player and we aren’t a dirty team even though we keep getting red cards.

“Scott sees the keeper has it in one hand and goes for it and by the time he gets there he has it in two hands, so he is late.

“You get your punishment, but he has been outstanding for us and he doesn’t have a violent bone in his body.”

Hearts boss Craig Levein was furious that Morelos’ winner wasn’t chopped off for offside and that the Colombian wasn’t booked during a heated Premiership clash.

But Gerrard was pleased with the efforts of his strike star as he took his tally for the campaign to 17 and led the line with typical endeavour.

He said: “I think it was a great contest between the two centre backs and Alfredo. He was leaving on them at times and they were leaving it on him but that is football.

“They got fouls, we got a few and I don’t see a problem with that. There were a few times when he tried to incite the crowd and we had a word with him about that because we don’t like that.

“He is a baby in terms of being a professional and he is still learning. He is trying to mature, but performance wise he was outstanding.”