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

Rangers manager Steven Gerrard could not hide his displeasure with his side’s result against Aberdeen, with the Glasgow club suffering a narrow 1-0 defeat to the Dons in the Scottish League Cup semi-final on Sunday.

Although the former Liverpool captain insisted that he would take full responsibility for the loss.

“It’s a disappointed dressing room but I’m out here to take responsibility for that – my players, my tactics, my game plan. If there are any fingers to be pointed let them point at me,” Gerrard told BT Sport.

“We played well but we didn’t have any quality in the last bit of our play. Very similar to the Spartak game on Thursday. We did everything but create clear-cut chances. We huffed and puffed and created half-chanced but that’s not enough in semi-finals. People need to have the courage and responsibility to step up and take them.

The victory for Aberdeen means Derek McInnes’s side will face Celtic in the final in December. Gerrard expressed no bad feelings towards their opponents, who currently sit three places below them in the Premiership table.

“We congratulate Aberdeen, they’ve smashed-and-grabbed and punished us from a set-piece and they go through.

“I’m here to take the responsibility I need to take. I pick the XI, I brought in 14 players in the summer. Everything that’s gone on today is on me and I’ll take it.

“We got into some good positions and either made the wrong decision or showed a serious lack of quality. If these players don’t step up, it’s very simple at a big club: the manager goes and finds better quality.”

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