SHELL-SHOCKED Steven Gerrard reckoned Rangers “didn’t deserve anything” in their 1-1 draw with Hamilton Accies at New Douglas Park this afternoon.
And goalkeeper Allan McGregor, who was the busiest player on the pitch with a series of excellent stops, branded the performance “RUBBISH”.
Brian Rice, the Accies gaffer, said: “A point was the least we deserved.”
The Ibrox side were thwarted in their efforts to move five wins from their first title in a decade, as Ross Callachan struck a stoppage-time equaliser after Brian Easton had deflected a Borna Barisic left-wing cross into his own net to give the visitors a late lead.
Gerrard, speaking to Sky Sports News, said: “I’m disappointed in the all-round performance. I should be happy, really, taking a point from this game because we didn’t deserve anything.
“Credit to Hamilton, they really got in amongst us and stopped us playing our normal game. They really made it difficult for us and had the best chances throughout the game. So, credit to Brian and his team because I’m actually relieved we’re going away from this game with a point.
“The players have been amazing to this point, deserve all the praise and all the accolades they’ve had, but today I’ve got no praise for them. I can’t, because it’d be false from me. We weren’t good enough today. We nearly won a game ugly, we nearly got a smash and grab and we need to be better than that. Both sides of our game just weren’t there today.”
Gerrard added: “Maybe I left too much quality and personality on the side. Because we looked an awful lot better when the subs come on. So, I’ll look at myself, as well.
“Listen, we’ve been absolutely fantastic, amazing. I can’t find the words to describe how well we’ve done in terms of the league this season. Today, we just weren’t at the races.”
Thirty-nine-year-old keeper McGregor had not made more than four saves in a single game all season prior to this one where he was called into action six times before he was finally beaten four minutes into added-on time.
Clearly frustrated, the former Scotland international shotstopper said: “We were rubbish. For most of the game, we were very poor, the worst I’ve seen us. We had a good bit of play for our goal, but, apart from that, there’s not a lot you can take from it.
“We didn’t look like we wanted to win the game. Hamilton looked more of a threat than us, which is really disappointing.
“All credit to them, but we were just so poor today. Me making the most saves all season sums up how bad we were. I’d rather be rubbish and win.
“The manager’s obviously not happy. We just need to get on with it and look forward to the next game.”
Accies boss Rice, who celebrated his second year in charge of the team ahead of the game, accepted the point and added: “It’s the least we deserved, no disrespect to Rangers. I’m looking at our own performance today, I asked the lads to be brave and go and have a go, don’t have any regrets.
“I think you’ve seen a team today playing for each other, who believed they could get something out of the game and you’ve seen the goal in the last minute.
“You know you’ve got to take your chances in these games and we didn’t manage to do that because Allan made some really good saves.
“Then Rangers get their goal and you think it’s going to be one of those days, but even if we’d been beaten, I’d have been proud of what they’d put in. I couldn’t have asked for any more.”