Steven Gerrard Calls On Rangers leaders To Play Key Part After Champions League Exit
Coach of Nigerian Quartet in Rangers, Steven Gerrard said he will beckon on leaders in the dressing room to turn things around during following the aftermath of their poor results, BSNSports.com.ng reports.
The defeat to Dundee United can be accounted for in isolation in terms of the Premiership title race. The losses to Malmo either side of them cannot, though, and they have come at the ultimate cost in the Champions League.
On Friday night, Rangers begin their bid for domestic silverware once again. Having failed on six occasions over three seasons, it would be inexplicable if Gerrard’s side were to be dumped out by Dunfermline as they return to League Cup duty.
The build-up will be dominated by talk of the ramifications of the European exit and the accusations will be even more vehement than usual given the manner of the performance and result.
Gerrard operates with a mantra of not getting too high when Rangers win or too low when they lose. That balance in his mind must now be taken on board by a side that simply cannot afford a fourth successive defeat.
“That is my job, that is what I need to do,” Gerrard said. “Pick the players up, reset and really think about what the right team is to play on Friday with the game being close to this game. That is what we will do.
“At a club like this… we haven’t had a good week, we have to accept that. We are responsible for it and it is my job to pick the players up and react on Friday night to try and get a positive win so we feel a bit better about ourselves.
“We have got strong leaders in the dressing room. I trust them a lot. I will speak to them in the coming days and, yes, they have got big responsibility to reset and go again.
“I think every manager is the same. But that is also the case when you are on winning runs, you want your senior players to maintain the standards and keep going and try and maintain the level of consistency.
“It is not a case of just waiting for a defeat or bad week and then you turn to your senior players, you have got to have that relationship with them all the time. Now our supporters need them a lot to try and flip the form and the mood of the place.”