Steven Gerrard admits he was to blame after Rangers lost 3-2 to St Mirren on Wednesday in their Betfred Cup quarter-final fixture.
Despite going ahead early on through Connor Goldson, Jim Goodwin’s side got the game back to 2-1 with goals from Jamie McGrath either side of half-time.
Steven Davis scored a dramatic equaliser in the 88th minute, but there was still time before the final whistle for Conor McCarthy to bag the winner.
Speaking after the game, Gerrard said that his players had been “absolutely outstanding” this season and claimed that the defeat was “on” him.
“I am really disappointed,” he told RangersTV.
“A big, big opportunity has gone. It is difficult to criticise at the moment because these players have been absolutely outstanding since the beginning of the season so I’ll take this one. I picked the squad, I picked the 11, I picked the tactics, the tweaks, the subs, so this one is on me.”
One small slip up
Defeat at St Mirren was obviously not part of the plan for Gerrard and his team, but given the outstanding start they have made to the season, it was an understandable slip-up.
The former England man did the right thing in taking responsibility for the defeat and now has the task of picking his players back up before a crucial league match on Saturday against Motherwell.
Gerrard chose a strong side against St Mirren and there are some concerns that the likes of Connor Goldson and James Tavernier could be becoming worn out, while Leon Balogun was substituted with a head injury.
With a full team out on Saturday against Motherwell, a convincing win should see things get back on track for the Gers, but when things have been going so well there is always the possibility that the players have forgotten how to deal with a defeat.
This is the first test of Gerrard’s man-management skills this season, but he should be more than capable of overcoming it.
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