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Rangers' Steven Gerrard still believes in his players despite League Cup defeat

Rangers' Steven Gerrard still believes in his players despite League Cup defeat

Fresh from their semi-final cup defeat against Aberdeen, Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has let his players know in stark terms that now they must step up.

But he admitted personal regrets after top goalscorer Alfredo Morelos was ruled out of the Hampden trip along with the cup-tied Kyle Lafferty after being sent off in the quarter-final.

Captain James Tavernier has offered an apology to the Rangers support after his side's latest Hampden nightmare. I signed a lot of the players so if anyone wants to point any fingers, point them my way.

"The crowd might be slightly different because when we have played in front of them before we have had momentum and they're in a good place".

"We play Rangers, Aberdeen and Hearts in the next three games, three tough games but three games we look forward to".

"But my belief and confidence in the players hasn't changed because of the weekend. We'll recover. We will analyse, debrief and we hope some players self-reflect and we get a reaction".

"Sadiq was a real handful for the Aberdeen defence in the first half and we tried to get him into the second half".

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He even had a drive off into the grass when he missed the corner out of the long straight at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez. Everyone's going to be barrelling into Turn One to gain, so it's a very, very fine line".

As Gerrard and midfielder Jordan Rossiter, whose Rangers career has been plighted by injury since his 2016 move from Liverpool, greeted the press on Tuesday ahead of Wednesday's Scottish Premiership clash with Kilmarnock, the manager's comments were referenced by reporters.

"It's a warning", he said. On Sunday, Aberdeen's two best players were Ferguson and Mikey Devlin, who both came through the ranks at the Lanarkshire club.

"But I think our lads are lucky because this game comes around pretty quickly".

"I'll answer that", Gerrard said.

"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".

Ferguson said on PLZ Soccer's the Football Show: "Rangers need to get to finals if they want to be made out to be a good team".


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