Rangers manager Michael Beale has offered an apology to the fans as he warns the Ibrox squad is “playing for their futures” following League Cup Final defeat to Celtic.

The Gers came up short at Hampden courtesy of a 2-1 defeat to their Old Firm rivals but the lacklustre display in the National Stadium has irked supporters.

Rangers lacked the necessary desire, hunger, belief and application to overcome Celtic, with several key players reneging on their responsibilities to the side.

It’s left plenty at Rangers wondering what’s next and as Michael Beale offered an apology to Ibrox supporters after the defeat to Celtic, he warned the side’s underperforming stars.

The Ibrox manager has also urged his team to go and retain the Scottish Cup, with the nine point gap in the Premiership looking unassailable.

Michael Beale urges Rangers to improve after Celtic loss

“We’re very proud that we won the Scottish Cup last year and it’s important that we retain that trophy,” said Beale [RangersTV].

“It’s important that we end the season strong, people are playing for their futures.

“Every time you play for Rangers you have to justice to the shirt.

“I’m the same as everyone else, you have to keep proving you are worthy of the role and the position that you have and that’s the same for the players.

“There’s some areas I want us to improve in, I think the last few weeks we’ve done well, but today is a tough one to take and it’s important now that we show that improvement as we move forward.”

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Rangers have not won the League Cup since 2011 and will now need to look to next season if they hope to finally break their duck.

Celtic lifted the trophy following a Kyogo Furuhashi double, with Alfredo Morelos pulling one back for Rangers in a 2-1 defeat.

Amid yet more disappointment, the end is surely nigh for several at Rangers.

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