Steven Gerrard has taken responsibility for Rangers’ 2-0 quarter-final defeat to Aberdeen last night, saying that his side were ‘miles off in every department’.
The former Liverpool captain has enjoyed a very respectable debut campaign as a manager, steering the Gers to second in the Scottish Premiership, although he has seen their title challenge evaporate somewhat in recent weeks after a string of inconsistent performances.
Aside from a late and unlikely push for the league title, Tuesday night’s 2-0 defeat to Aberdeen at Ibrox saw Rangers only chance of silverware disappear, and when asked in his post-match press conference if their season was over, Gerrard admitted that it was.
“Yes, in terms of cups of course,” he replied.
“I’m very disappointed and angry looking at our performance because it was nowhere near good enough in any department.
“I can’t find a positive out there really, Aberdeen deserved to win.
🔴 Aberdeen knocked Rangers out of the Scottish League Cup.
🔴 Aberdeen beat Rangers at Ibrox in the league.
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“From start to finish we were miles off tonight in every department. [It’s] Very difficult to sit here and try and find any positive. I’ve put this squad together, I’ve picked the team and the tactics so I’ll take full responsibility for it.
“Anyone connected to Rangers can’t be going away with any positives so it’s a big problem.”
Rangers have managed just one win out of the six games in which they have faced Aberdeen this season, and Gerrard said that Derek McInnes side thoroughly deserved their place in the semi-finals.
“If a result and a performance puts the spotlight on me, that’s fine, I will take it on the chin,” Gerrard continued.
“It is my job now to try and move on from this, which will be tough because it was such a big game.
“But credit to Aberdeen, they deserve to go to Hampden, we can’t expect to be going anywhere near that place with a performance like that.
“We took full responsibility but it is my job now to lift the players, keep us together between now and the end of the season and then we will see what the summer brings.”