STEVEN GERRARD has challenged Rangers to raise their game and keep up the pace at the top of the Premiership with a win at Pittodrie.

The Light Blues saw off St Mirren on home soil on Saturday as James Tavernier netted twice from the spot and Jermain Defoe also scored from 12 yards before Ryan Kent rounded off a 4-0 win.

Gerrard takes his side to the face the Dons in a huge top flight clash tomorrow night and the Gers boss will demand an improvement from his players.

He said: “We will have to be better against Aberdeen, certainly than the first-half against St Mirren.

“In possession we looked quite dangerous but we didn’t look like we had any aggression or intensity out of possession at the weekend

“I thought that improved second-half but there is no getting away from it, we will have to be better out of possession against Aberdeen for the full game.

“I think I am seeing signs of them getting a bit fitter and a bit sharper. You could see Jermain, certainly in the second-half, was looking sharp and a big threat and the keeper made a few good saves from him.

“We did know it would take the new boys three or four weeks to get them up to speed. It is a similar situation now with Glen Kamara and Matt Polster, we will push them, they are doing a double session today to try and add more volume into them.”

Boss Gerrard handed Ibrox debuts to January recruits Steven Davis and Jermain Defoe against the Buddies as he switched formations once again.

But now he faces a selection dilemma ahead of the trip to Pittodrie as he looks to overcome Derek McInnes’ side for the first time after two defeats and a draw so far this term.

Gerrard told RangersTV: “I don’t think the diamond worked again at the weekend but I don’t think any system is going to work if you don’t have that intensity or aggression in your play.

“I felt when we went to a four-four-two in the second-half at the weekend we looked a lot better, we had a bit more balance and Ryan Kent certainly looked more dangerous out on the left.

“You learn all the time with players individually and collectively but certainly having Jermain around does give us more of a threat and gives us the chance to play two forwards on the pitch, which is what we’re going to need at times.

“It is my job to keep oppositions guessing. There was times when we played the four-three-three system before the winter break where we were looking like we needed more of a threat on the pitch.”