SHATTERED Steven Gerrard has admitted Rangers have “played themselves into a rut” following their third Premiership defeat of 2020 with a 1-0 collapse against relegation-threatened Hamilton Accies at Ibrox last night.
The setback against Brian Rice’s battling outfit follows the 2-1 losses against Hearts at Tynecastle and Kilmarnock at Rugby Park since their return from the mid-winter break. Points have also been shed in draws with Aberdeen (0-0) and St Johnstone (2-2).
The Gers are now a massive 13 points adrift of Celtic who relied on a stoppage-time strike from substitute Tom Rogic to gain a 2-2 draw with Livingston in West Lothian.
THE FACE OF DEFEAT…Steven Gerrard struggles through the Sky Sports interview.
Gerrard struggled to come up with answers after his team’s latest disturbing loss allowed David Moyo to fire Accies to a shock victory – just their second in Govan in the last 94 years.
The Ibrox gaffer had urged his players to respond to Saturday night’s 1-0 Scottish Cup quarter-final defeat against Hearts at Tynecastle, but he was left shell-shocked after suffering successive losses for the first time as a manager.
Gerrard, speaking to Sky Sports News, said: “Where do we start?” We have just given three points away, it’s as simple as that. I’m not really sure I’ve got that many words to describe it.
“I didn’t think I could be more disappointed than I was after Hearts – but here I am, even more disappointed than I was a few days ago. I laid down the gauntlet before the game and will continue to do that.
“But I have a dressing room that’s shot of confidence. We have played ourselves into a rut and I’ve got a real tough, tough job to pick that up and improve it from here.
OOPS…Accies striker Davod Moyo capitalises on an error from Connor Goldson to poke the ball past Allan McGregor.
WHOOPS…Accies race away to celebrate while McGregor has some words with his team-mates.
“I’ve been in dressing rooms where confidence is shot and things are not great. I’m not going to say this is the first time I’ve experienced that. But the dressing room is very quiet at the moment.”
Gerrard added: “Myself and my staff are flat because we are doing everything we can. We are trying to change formations and personnel, doing different things in training to try and lift and put confidence into them.
“We lacked desire and commitment at the weekend which was really tough to take. I don’t think we lacked that tonight. This was more about quality and taking your chances.
“If you don’t take them, you always leave yourself wide open to someone going and scoring against you. Credit to Brian Rice and his team, they’ve done that. We’ve got a lot to do – a big, big lot.”