STEVEN GERRARD is confident Rangers can pick up where they left off when they return to Premiership action after the international break.

The league leaders rounded off the last tranche of domestic fixtures in some style as they beat Hamilton 8-0 at Ibrox.

Aberdeen are the visitors for Gerrard's side on Sunday as they look to continue their own solid run of top flight form.

And Gerrard knows Rangers must be fully switched on to the task in hand if they are to maintain their advantage over Celtic in the title race.

Gerrard said: "It is key and that is the challenge for the players. The important thing for me is to get them back in the Rangers place, to focus back on Rangers and get them away from international duty and a focus on what is going to face us in the coming days.

"All the focus and attention needs to be on Aberdeen. It is a big game. They deserve that attention because they are a good team and they will pose a difficult challenge to us. For me, the players are really looking forward to this.

"You can feel around the place that there is a confidence and belief about them but it is always a challenge after a break, a couple of week break, even when you are in top form.

"The challenge is can you find that rhythm as quick as you can."