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‘PLAYERS MUST TAKE RESPONSIBILITY,’ GERRARD

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EXASPERATED Rangers boss Steven Gerrard has told his players they MUST accept responsibility following the 1-1 draw with Kilmarnock at Ibrox last night.

The Liverpool legend had demanded a positive reaction to the massive disappointment of losing 1-0 to Aberdeen in the Betfred League Cup semi-final at Hampden on Sunday.

Gerrard saw his team get off a flying start with a ninth-minute goal from Alfredo Morelos, but that was wiped out by a swift leveller from Greg Stewart to leave the manager and the fans frustrated.

The stalemate leaves the Govan outfit, who have just revealed losses of £14.3million in their annual accounts, EIGHT points adrift of leaders Hearts and four behind Celtic.

“It was not the result or the reaction I wanted after the weekend,” admitted Gerrard. “It was a six or seven out of 10 and it wasn’t enough to beat a well-drilled Kilmarnock team.

“We knew the onus would be on us to provide the quality. We got the first goal which should have given us a big lift, but it never. We continued to play slowly. It was a frustrating result and a frustrating performance.”

He added: “I can sit here and protect them all night and take the blame. If that’s what they want, then I will. But, they are Rangers players. They are the ones who have to go out and deliver and tonight they haven’t.

“We will all take the blame together, but they have to take responsibility at some point.

“It is a concern that it has happened a few times now. I expected a better reaction. I think the fans deserved a better reaction and better performance and they never delivered it.”

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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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