Rangers: Steven Gerrard says mentality & character not what he thought


Steven Gerrard questioned his squad’s mentality after defeat at Rugby Park

Rangers manager Steven Gerrard says he’s being “confirmed imperfect” in pondering his squad delight in the mentality to sustain a Scottish Premiership title push.

The Ibrox facet conceded two unhurried objectives to lose 2-1 to Kilmarnock and stir 10 substances in the back of leaders Celtic.

It’s the third time Rangers delight in dropped substances in five league games for the explanation that frosty weather destroy.

“I believed we were in a better utter than what now we delight in shown over the closing four-six weeks,” Gerrard said.

“I believed we had the mentality and the characters to sustain a push nonetheless on the proof of the closing four-five weeks I salvage confirmed imperfect.

“We got right here right here tonight and it used to be a stress sport in a stadium where you realize you’re going to be below the cosh. The real fact is that we couldn’t cope.

“But having said that, or no longer it’s me as successfully because I am to blame for that neighborhood of avid gamers.”

Requested where the defeat leaves Rangers in their quest for a main league title since 2011, Gerrard told BT Sport: “Very, a superb deal. You per chance can have to stare on the comprise of different folks which would possibly well well per chance well be relentless correct now.

“But we succor going and test out to alter the field that we keep ourselves in. There’ll not be any denying they’re obviously in the driving seat.”

‘That is no longer handball. It’s clutching at straws’

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Look: Morelos’ operate disallowed as Rangers’ title hopes falter

Scott Arfield’s spectacular operate had Rangers in entrance on the destroy, nonetheless Kilmarnock rallied in the 2nd half of and struck twice in the final 13 minutes.

There used to be some controversy around Stephen O’Donnell’s equaliser because the ball regarded as if it would possibly perchance per chance well per chance hit Rory MacKenzie on the arm, and Alfredo Morelos has a operate ruled out for a push forward of Eamonn Brophy lashed in the winner for Kilmarnock.

Gerrard said he believed Morelos’ strike used to be “reliable” nonetheless brushed apart the advice of handball.

“That is no longer a handball. That is us clutching at straws,” he said. “It’s a subtle nasty that’s going a ways from operate. The kid is ready 5ft 7in and I’ve got three defenders going to are attempting to particular the box and we don’t particular the box.”

Rangers face Livingston at Ibrox on Saturday with their title fate now out of their very beget palms.

And after questioning his facet’s skill to handle stress, Gerrard moreover admitted he moreover had to clutch responsibility for the downturn in comprise in 2020.

“I keep this neighborhood collectively. I coach them, they’re my ways and choices. So I am no longer going to take a seat down right here and test out and force any blame in every other route than myself,” he said.

“It’s disappointing, or no longer it’s worrying for the time being. We succor going, we succor combating and look where we’re. But on the proof of the 2nd half of tonight, or no longer it’s very worrying for me correct now.”

‘The title flee is over’- prognosis

Old fashion Rangers midfielder Derek Ferguson on Sportsound

Rangers had intensity forward of the destroy. Is it a case that the avid gamers speak that because they had two correct performances against Celtic, that’s ample? It’s no longer in fact. I feel the title flee is over, I don’t speak Rangers shall be ready to claw that back.

For neat parts, Steven Gerrard hasn’t had a superb deal of criticism, because he’s accomplished a superb deal of correct. But I feel now we delight in got to position a question to that a minute because something has long past imperfect.

Old fashion Rangers striker Billy Dodds

I believed Rangers were going to position in a extra proper title keep, I believed their squad used to be better than closing twelve months. That doesn’t appear to be the case. When they whisk to the bench, there will not be any longer much coming off it. You per chance can look it coming tonight a country mile off.

They’re 1-0 up and they’re searching for to lawful arrange the fixture, they’ve no longer conducted with a tempo or an intensity since they’ve blueprint back [from the winter break].

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