Billy Dodds scoffs at claims Hampden defeat highlighted Rangers weakness

Billy Dodds scoffs at claims Hampden defeat highlighted Rangers weakness

Former Rangers striker Billy Dodds has rubbished suggestions the current crop of Gers players are “mentally weak” and insists Steven Gerrard’s side wouldn’t have been able to “piledrive” Celtic in Sunday’s League Cup final defeat if they didn’t have the right mentality.

The Light Blues dominated at Hampden despite falling to a 1-0 defeat and Dodds insists that by forcing their style of play on Celtic, the Gers quashed any suggestion of mental weakness.

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Dodds admits the defeat will “put pressure” on Rangers but insists the defeat is down to “bad luck on the day” rather than any sort of weakness.

“You are not a mentally weak team if you start like that and piledrive Celtic. A mentally weak team wouldn’t get involved in the game,” Dodds said, as quoted by the Glasgow Times.

“A strong-minded team says, ‘There’s our structure, our shape, our personnel and formation’ and pushes it right down their throats and that’s what Rangers did, but they just had bad luck on the day.

“People will mention the mentality side because Celtic still got over the line and won it. It puts pressure on Rangers, but they’re going to have to live with it.”

Despite the defeat, Dodds is on the money with his view that the Gers’ performance rubbished claims they are mentally weak.

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The Gers won’t have much time to like their wounds with Young Boys visiting Ibrox in Thursday in a Europa League decider.

Gerrard’s side only need a point to secure a place in the last 32 but after a loss and draw in their last two domestic games, Gerrard will have to lift his players quickly.


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