UNREPENTANT Steven Gerrard insists he has no regrets about his criticism of his Rangers players following the 2-1 loss to Kilmanrock at Rugby Park in midweek.
The clearly frustrated Ibrox boss queried the mentality of his team and admitted they had “failed to handle the heat” as they toppled TEN points adrift of Celtic who hammered Hearts 5-0 on the same evening.
Gerrard’s side have a game in hand and two matches against Neil Lennon’s side to play, with the first due in Govan on Sunday, March 15.
At the turn of the year, they were only two points adrift, but could have gone ahead at the top of the Premiership if they beat St Johnstone in their extra match.
Now events have somersaulted and the Hoops are on track for their ninth successive title.
Gerrard, preparing his team for this afternoon’s home confrontation with Livingston, told Sky Sports News: “My way of looking back at what I said is that I always try to be honest.
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“I don’t want to get in a situation where people don’t believe me or it’s not authentic.
“At the time, I felt like we’d really let ourselves down and I took responsibility for the group’s performance on the night.
“So, I have no regrets for what I said on the night.”
Gerrard added: “We’ve played ourselves into this position, not just on the night, but since we’ve come back from the winter break.
“I also have to speak to a fanbase that is worldwide and I think they would want me to be honest, pointed and authentic in the way I speak.
“So, I don’t want to sit here and change my ways. My door is always open. If a player isn’t happy then we can discuss it and analyse the situation.
“These players have had an incredible amount of praise and protection from me since day one and that will continue.
“But if I see things that I don’t feel are right at that moment – good, bad or indifferent – I will always speak the truth.”