steven gerrard slams rangers players following defeat to aberdeen

15:30    06 Dec 2018

Steven Gerrard
The legendary English midfielder felt that Rangers players were useless

Rangers manager Steven Gerrard was frustrated with his players’ display against Aberdeen on Wednesday.

The English tactician admitted that there were no standout performers for the Light Blues as they succumbed to a 1-0 defeat in a Scottish Premier League (SPL) encounter.

Scott McKenna’s goal in the seventh minute gave the visitors a 1-0 victory and Gerrard, speaking after the 90 minutes gave an honest assessment of his side’s performance - slamming his players for ditching their game plan at Ibrox.

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“Not good enough. As far as I’m concerned, my opinion on it is, all over the pitch, not good enough. I give the players a lot of praise when they deserve it, but we’ve worked on a game plan off the pitch and we’ve worked on a game plan on the pitch," Gerrard said.

“We were given another chance to get back into the game when Aberdeen went to ten and we never used that advantage in our favour. I had a meeting yesterday for 15 to 20 minutes on control and discipline and the effect it has on suspensions and the body and blah, blah, blah. I’m frustrated that we haven’t basically done anything right this evening.

“We never really had any standout performers, individually, and I wasn’t happy with the performance as a team. It is very difficult to win football matches if you have got too many players off it. But look, we’ve done incredibly well. We’ve punched above our weight at certain times and in certain games and 90 minutes ago we were sitting top of the league.

Mali international Lassana Coulibaly played 52 minutes for Rangers, who slipped down to second place on the league standings following the defeat.

“I can’t criticise too much, but I think it’s important the players know how important it is that when we give them game plans and when we give them individual jobs to do it within the team, we expect them to do it to the best of their ability. Today too many weren’t at it," the retired midfielder continued.

Alfredo Morelos received a red card for a second bookable offence in the 64th minute and on the sending off, Gerrard said: “I think the first yellow card is very soft. I’m not sure that one is a yellow card but the second one was certainly a yellow.”
 

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