Former Kilmarnock defender Alex Bruce has claimed that Rangers manager Steven Gerrard could oversee a complete overhaul of his squad this summer if the Gers fail to catch Celtic in the Scottish Premiership title race.
The Light Blues are currently 12 points behind the Hoops in the table, having previously been just two adrift with a game in hand.
And after Gerrard openly admitted that he was wrong to think that his players had the right mentality to win the title this season, Bruce believes that extensive personnel changes could be on the cards.
Speaking to Football Insider, he said: “It’s a pretty damning thing to say, isn’t it, on your team if they can’t handle the pressure
“They’re obviously not the right players for him if that is the case, if that’s how he feels and that’s what he has said.
“If they can’t handle the pressure then Stevie will bring in players and put players in the team that are going to be able to handle the pressure.”
Was Gerrard right to hit out at his players like that?
The manager’s comments came in the aftermath of the 2-1 defeat to Kilmarnock, at a time when he was quite clearly frustrated by a result that essentially left the Gers’ title hopes hanging by a thread.
Since then, we have seen a remarkable comeback against Braga that seemed to hint that a corner had been turned, but Sunday’s mini-collapse against St. Johnstone, dropping two more points and allowing Celtic to open up an even wider gap at the summit of the table.
Bearing that performance in mind, and considering everything we have seen since the winter break, you can’t help fearing that the boss is right.
It’s a harsh thing to say, and you could perhaps argue that it shouldn’t have been broadcast so readily in a public sphere, but Gerrard might have a point.
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