STEVEN GERRARD made no excuses after his Rangers side slipped to a 1-0 setback at Livingston yesterday.

The Ibrox men have yet to win on their Premiership travels this season, also losing at Celtic while drawing at Aberdeen and Motherwell.

Gerrard’s team are sixth in the Premiership and eight points adrift of leaders Hearts ahead of the Edinburgh team’s visit to Glasgow on Sunday.

The Light Blues capitalised on the slip-ups from Brendan Rodgers’ team when they went down 2-1 at Kilmarnock and Hearts who drew with Livi last weekend, but couldn’t follow up on this occasion.

Gerrard said: “Playing on Sunday, whether that be through Europe or whether it be for TV reasons, can be an advantage if results go your way, like they did last week.

“We got a lift from it. I said to the players before the game that we need to show how good we are and how serious we are.

“All the teams around us and above us won, so with that comes a bit of pressure and we haven’t responded to that.

“Hearts was a must-win game whether we won, drew or lost. They are the team to chase right now, they have come out of the blocks flying.

“It is still early on in the season, so we can recover from a result like this like we recovered from the Old Firm loss. But this can’t keep happening.

“When we come and play teams like Livingston we have to try and take maximum points otherwise we won’t be in the title race.”

Dolly Menga netted the only goal of the game in the first-half and Gerrard added: “We’re very disappointed in terms of the result. That’s three big points dropped. We have to take responsibility for that.

“The performance was okay in terms of possession and we controlled a lot of the game.

“But we were no-where near good enough in the final third. We could be playing for another 180 minutes and wouldn’t look like scoring.

“On this occasion, the best we could have hoped for was a 0-0 draw.

“Then if you don’t defend set-pieces well enough you’re going to concede goals. So, we got exactly what we deserved.”


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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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