Gerrard: My belief in the players has not changed

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01 November, 2018

Steven Gerrard will have to wait for his first silverware as Rangers manager after his side lost 1-0 to Aberdeen in the semi-finals of the Scottish League Cup.

Gerrard was without his two top strikers in Alfredo Morelos and Kyle Lafferty on Sunday.

The interviewer said: 'Jordan as a player, to hear your manager say "If the players we have right now don't improve and start producing quality in the final third, my job is to find players that will do it", what effect does that have as a player, is it a motivational thing?'

The former Liverpool captain was blunt in his challenge to his players, stating that some might not get another chance at Hampden for his team.

He said: "They were putting a lot of pressure on us, but we all stuck together as a team - back four, midfield, we showed good concentration when the ball came in to the box". We got ourselves in front, somehow, I don't know how but when we did I expected us to go on from there.

"We'll try and recover, we will analyse, debrief and besides that we hope some players self-reflect and we get a reaction".

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Gerrard was clear there was nothing in his post-match comments that Rangers players should be surprised at.

The Roma loanee was in action for the entire duration of Sunday's game and had a golden chance to cancel out Lewis Ferguson's opener for Aberdeen in the second half.

"It's a warning", he said.

"That's the way it is, we're at a big club and big clubs requires big players who step it up in big moments on big occasions. If that doesn't happen, at any big club, the managers and the recruitment will find better players or players who will do that".

The performance at Hampden wasn't as bad as the scoreline suggests, but it was the forward play that let Rangers down.

"Whether we beat them or not at their place is irrelevant, it's a different game and they are coming in with confidence, so it will be a really good test for us".


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