Gerrard takes full responsibility for Rangers semi-final loss to Aberdeen

Mae Harvey
November 1, 2018

Gerrard was still in prickly form following Rangers' Scottish League Cup semi-final defeat to Aberdeen at the weekend when he met the media on Tuesday.

Gers dominated at Hampden but, with top scorer Alfredo Morelos suspended, they lacked a cutting edge as frontman Umar Sadiq was handed his first start.

Gerrard nearly immediately jumped in to interrupt the youngster, stating: 'I'll answer that, it's a warning.

And the Liverpool legend took full responsibility for the exit but had a major warning for his first-team flops.

He said: "We have a stronger squad now, certainly we have a team that believes in themselves in a little bit more".

Captain James Tavernier has offered an apology to the Rangers support after his side's latest Hampden nightmare. I picked the players, I picked the game plan, I signed a lot of the players. "We'll recover. We will analyse, debrief and we hope some players self-reflect and we get a reaction".

The 25-year-old Aberdeen defender's role in his side's 1-0 win in Sunday's semi-final was another positive step in a season which has seen him put a year-long absence caused by a serious knee injury firmly behind him.

'At a big club you expect big players to step up on big occasions and provide big moments.

Kilmarnock go into the Premiership game with a three-point and three-place advantage over their hosts and, for the Ibrox boss, a familiar face in former Liverpool assistant Steve Clarke.

"I thought our performance in general (against Aberdeen) was pretty strong but there wasn't enough quality in the final third and we got done by a classic sucker punch against the run of play". "And he's got a good team and good players".

And Gerrard wants more from himself and his players.

"That is not to take anything away from the players who went to Ibrox past year and put in a really gutsy performance and managed to nick a 1-1 draw".

"We'll take confidence from that and confidence from Sunday's performance".

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