Steven Gerrard says he is ‘even more disappointed’ as Rangers woeful form continued with a shock 1-0 home defeat to Hamilton Academical at Ibrox.
Rangers failed to win for the fifth time in eight matches as the club continue to struggle for form following their return from the winter break, Gerrard’s side now 13 points adrift of Old Firm rivals Celtic in the title race despite the champions dropping points with a 2-2 draw at Livingston.
David Moyo scored the only goal of the game following a costly mistake from Connor Goldson, Hamilton moving back above Hearts and off the foot of the Scottish Premiership table.
The defeat follows Rangers’ shock Scottish Cup exit at the hands of Hearts, and whilst progress to the Europa League last-16 has provided some relief, Gerrard admits his side are ‘shot of confidence’ at present.
“I didn’t think I could be more disappointed than I was after Hearts – but here I am, even more disappointed than I was a few days ago,” Gerrard said, as per the Daily Record.
“Where do we start? We have just given three points away, it’s as simple as that. Again, a mistake has cost us. That’s where the three points have gone.
“I’m not really sure I’ve got that many words to describe it. I laid down the gauntlet before the game and will continue to do that but I have a dressing room that’s shot of confidence.
“We have played ourselves into a rut and I’ve got a real tough, tough job to pick that up and improve it from here.
“We’ve got a lot to do – a big, big lot.
“I played the game for many years and I’ve been in dressing rooms where confidence is shot and things are not great.
“I’m not going to say this is the first time I’ve experienced that. But the dressing room is very quiet at the moment.
“Myself and my staff are flat because we are doing everything we can. We are trying to change formations and personnel, doing different things in training to try and lift and put confidence into them.
“I thought we lacked desire and commitment at the weekend which was really tough to take. I don’t think we lacked that tonight. Tonight was more about quality and taking your chances in the final third.
“If you don’t take them, you always leave yourself wide open to someone going and scoring against you. Credit to Brian [Rice] and his team, they’ve done that.”
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