Graeme McGarry has questioned the mentality of the current Rangers squad following their defeat to St Mirren on Wednesday night.
Writing for the Glasgow Times, McGarry admitted that while Steven Gerrard has done a great job in transforming the Gers to this point, the club remain without a trophy during his time at Ibrox.
Reflecting on the defeat, McGarry appeared to question the recent comparisons to Celtic’s invincibles, saying: “What the match against St Mirren has shown though is that teams can indeed lay more than a glove on a Rangers team who were being talked about as potentially capable of emulating Brendan Rodgers’ Celtic ‘Invincibles’ just a few days ago.”
The midweek defeat was Rangers’ first of the season, with the Gers remaining unbeaten in both the Scottish Premiership and perhaps more impressively, the Europa League.
For McGarry, that may not be enough, who continued by saying: “But despite hugely impressive European results and sparkling domestic form this season, up until a couple of days ago, the fact remains that the Rangers players have yet to meaningfully answer any of the questions that will now be raised again over their mentality.”
Hold the back pages, for now
The defeat to St Mirren was certainly a shock and definitely below par for Rangers this season, but these types of reactions seem extremely overblown at this stage.
Celtic remain 13 points clear at the top of the table, a sizeable gap that could be extended to 16 this weekend.
Providing the Gers hit the ground running against Motherwell on Saturday, Gerrard will give himself an opportunity to forge an uncatchable lead by the time the Old Firm derby rolls around in January.
While a trophy would have been a nice feather in the cap for Gerrard this season, after seeing the way Celtic have collapsed, the main objective has to be winning the Premiership.
Gerrard’s approach to the defeat has been perfect so far, with the manager taking responsibility, but also demanding a response from his players at the same time.
If we see a repeat of the St Mirren performance against Motherwell, the claims may have more substance to them – but for now, the players have their right to respond this weekend.
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