It was Jamie Robson’s second-half goal that stopped Rangers in their tracks at Tannadice Park after they had eased past Livingston 3-0 on the opening weekend.
Since then, the Gers have been knocked out of the Champions League by Malmo, but thrashed Dunfermline 5-0 in the League Cup last weekend and won 1-0 in the first leg of their Europa League playoff against Alashkert at Ibrox.
A big week now lies in store, as after their trip to Victoria Park they go to Armenia for the second leg and then face the first Old Firm derby of the season next Sunday.
But Gerrard has called on his players to “wake up”, after admitting that performances have not been up to standard so far this season and that they are yet to match the rhythm they found in 2020-21.
Rangers have won their last nine games against Ross County and have not even conceded a goal against them since January 2018; over three matches last season they clocked up a scoreline of 11-0.
The omens are therefore not good for the Dingwall side, who finished 10th last season and have made a winless start in the Scottish Premiership this year under new boss Malky Mackay.
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After a 0-0 draw with St Johnstone on the opening weekend, County were beaten 3-0 by Hibernian a fortnight ago, failing to even register a shot on target as they conceded all three goals in an 11-minute first half period.
It is clear that it is still a work in progress at Victoria Park, with winger Joseph Hungbo arriving on loan from Watford this week – Mackay’s 10th signing of the summer as he continues his rebuild.
Life will certainly not be easy for the former Cardiff boss; after facing Rangers, the Staggies are away at Aberdeen and Celtic either side of the international break.