DISAPPOINTED Steven Gerrard defended Allan McGregor after the keeper’s howler gifted Hearts a late equaliser at Ibrox yesterday.

The Rangers boss rallied to support the veteran after he had flapped at a right-wing corner-kick from Gary Mackay-Steven. It looked a routine catch for the netminder, but he got his angles all wrong and misdirected a punch that saw Craig Halkett gratefully turn the ball in from almost under the crossbar at the far post.

McGregor looked aghast as he realised his blunder had seen two points removed at a stroke with the game in its fading moments.

However, Gerrard refused to point the finger of blame at the shotstopper and, instead, claimed the attack were the guilty party for not killing the contest long before the Tynecastle team’s leveller.

DESPAIR…Allan McGregor looks disconsolate after his error.

DELIGHT…goalscorer Craig Halkett is congratulated by John Souttar.

Alfredo Morelos was the chief culprit with a string of misses on an afternoon to forget after John Lunstram had fired the champions into the lead with a superb long-range drive which soared beyond the helpless Craig Gordon.

Gerrard, speaking to Rangers TV, said: “We have had, I don’t know how many chances, 20-25 chances, but we haven’t been ruthless enough and we paid at the end.

“That first-half performance will take us where we want to get to.

“But second-half, I don’t think we came out with that same intent or urgency. I thought we got a bit soft as the game went on.

“The game is about both boxes. At 1-0, we have had four, five, six chances, so we’ve almost stitched Greegsy up.

“The headlines will be Allan McGregor should have dealt with the cross, but I think we’ve stitched him up because we should have scored the second, third and fourth goal to kill the game off before that moment comes.”



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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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