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‘NOT GOOD ENOUGH,’ SLAMS GERRARD

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DISAPPOINTED Steven Gerrard said some of his Rangers players need “home truths” after their 1-0 flop against Dundee United at Tannadice.

The team’s 40-game unbeaten league run came to an abrupt halt with Jamie Robson’s second-half goal proving decisive.

It was a second successive defeat for Gers following the 2-1 loss to Malmo in the Champions League third-round qualifying first-leg match during the week.

Gerrard said six or seven players needed to “raise their level and raise it sharply” after the club’s first Premiership defeat since March 2020.

The Ibrox boss said: “From our point of view, it was not good enough. I think over the course of the 90 minutes we didn’t deserve to lose the game, but you always put yourself in that position if you don’t score goals.

HAIL THE WINNER…Jamie Robson celebrates his second-half strike.

“We didn’t create enough and, whilst the game is at 0-0, there’s always a risk if you get one or two things wrong. The result and the performance is on me and my team. We’ll have to accept that and move on pretty quickly.”

Gerrard, speaking to Sky Sports News, added: “I’ve got belief and confidence in all of my attacking players, but that’s when we’re at our best. Credit to Dundee United for defending well.

“When you suffer a setback, it gives you the chance to reset and give some of the players some home truths. We’ll go away and analyse the game. At the moment, we’ve not got time to feel sorry for ourselves.

“We’re going to need a far better level of performance to get that done.”

Rangers now must prepare for the visit of the Swedish side to Glasgow for the crucial return leg on Tuesday.

UNITED JOY…Tannadice boss Thomas Courts was confident before the game.

United gaffer Thomas Courts admitted: “I had a weird feeling this week that we could actually win this game.

“I don’t know where it came from and I didn’t want to mention it to anyone either in case it made me look foolish after last weekend, but I had a sneaky suspicion we could perform this week and thankfully we did that.

“It’s a monumental victory. We took a bloodied nose last week, but some of the ideas we tried to implement came to the fore. Perhaps we were better off for what we experienced at Aberdeen. It was a colossal performance.

“When you play against a team of their quality, you know you have to defend well as a team. We managed to get the crowd onside and it was a brilliant spectacle.”

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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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