By Adefunmiloye Alani

10th Jul, 2021 | 4:10pm

Steven Gerrard picks out positives in Rangers 1-0 loss to Tranmere Rovers

Rangers were handed a 1-0 defeat by English League Two side Tranmere Rovers in their second pre-season friendly on Saturday afternoon.

Steven Gerrard’s men ran out 1-0 winners against Partick Thistle during the week, but found it difficult to convert their chances against Rovers and were made to pay for it.

The hosts took the lead through Kieron Morris 10 minutes away from the break, and it was enough to seal victory for them.

As expected, the Rangers boss was frustrated with his side’s woeful performance in front of goal, but admitted to being happy with how his men controlled the game and how some of the players performed.

Gerrard told Rangers TV after the game: “I’m disappointed in the result, frustrated with our final third play but really happy with pockets and how certain individuals have gone about their business.

“There were another eight positives to take away from today and they’re not here with us. It’ll all work itself out. We had a double session 48 hours ago and we’ve travelled down here so we expect them to be a little bit leggy, we expect them to be a little bit goal shy at times but I wasn’t happy with the level of quality in the final third.”

Unimpressive

While fatigue played a huge role in the shocking defeat, we expected more from a squad that pipped Celtic to the Scottish Premiership title last term and impressed in Europe.

Jermain Defoe and Kemar Roofe spurned a couple of chances, while bringing on 10 players at half-time was not enough to help improve Rangers fortunes.

It is only a pre-season game, but the performance is way below the standard we now expect from this side, and we are now awaiting a prompt response in the coming games.

We face Arsenal at Ibrox next weekend before two more friendly games against Brighton and Real Madrid, and the Light Blues need to prove themselves against these tougher opponents.

A lot of players are being given the chance to stake a claim in the first-team and starting XI ahead of the 2021-22 campaign, but not many of them grabbed that opportunity with both hands today, and hopefully, that will change over the course of the next three games.

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