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FRUSTRATED GERRARD RIPS INTO FLOPS

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GRIM Steven Gerrard admitted he was “hugely frustrated” at Rangers’ slipshod performance in their 1-1 draw with 10-man Dundee at Dens Park yesterday.

And the Ibrox boss let rip at his players who had “failed miserably” for the second consecutive game after the disappointing 1-0 loss in Glasgow against Aberdeen in midweek.

Jim McIntyre’s team had Nathan Ralph red-carded in the 20th minute, but the inept visitors failed to take advantage of the situation as they shed two crucial points to blow the opportunity of going level with Celtic at the top of the Premiership.

A clearly-dismayed Gerrard, who saw former player Kenny Miller open the scoring, said: “We didn’t look like a Rangers team.

“Individually, we didn’t look like Rangers players, we kept making stupid decisions on the pitch and we never really carried out the game plan we had been working on the last few days, so the result isn’t really a surprise because our performance didn’t deserve a result.

“I have been giving players chances and maybe that has to stop because they are not really taking them. It’s hugely frustrating because I did expect a reaction after we were so poor in midweek.

“We made a bad start, that happens, but we get a decision that goes our way and we scored from the free-kick and we’re back in the game with a man advantage, so there’s no excuse in terms of the performance, collectively and individually it just wasn’t there.”

The Ibrox outfit now face a vital trip to Rapid Vienna on Thursday as they attempt to reach the knock-out stages of the Europa League.

Asked how he selects a team for that match, Gerrard replied: “I try and pick players I trust with personality and character who can handle the occasion.

“People got a run out and a test on this occasion and failed miserably, so we will try a pick a team that is capable of getting a result on Thursday. It has to be a level up from the last two performances.”

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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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