Steven Gerrard cut a frustrated figure during his post-match interview with RangersTV last night, and no wonder.
His side were soundly beaten at Ibrox by Aberdeen. Not for the first time this season, either.
Hopes of silverware are now all but dead and buried. With so much resting on the replay, the players should have been raring to go last night.
However, they simply weren’t at the races.
“We’ve got no complaints in terms of the result”, Gerrard told RangersTV.
“They deserved it, they’ve bullied us in certain areas of the pitch today.”
“They wanted it more in certain areas of the pitch, which is a major concern.”
“I haven’t gone in to speak to the players because I don’t think it’s the right time. I don’t feel ready to speak to them just yet, because I’m angry.”
The manager is right. The concept of any team wanting it more than Rangers in a Scottish Cup quarter final, is a cause for serious concern.
The warning signs were there in two previous defeats to the Dons earlier in the season.
How can complacency creep in with that context etched in the memory?
It’s too late now anyway – the opportunity went begging.
However, the least this squad of players can do, is learn from their mistakes.
This time next season, if a similar opportunity comes around, it has to be different.
Hunger is a fundamental requirement in this game and if it’s lacking, you shouldn’t be pulling on the famous shirt.