Rangers manager Steven Gerrard is going to have to find a way to lift his players after last night’s Scottish Cup knockout by Aberdeen – and some of his squad could well be playing for their Ibrox careers now.

The Light Blues saw their last real chance at silverware this season disappear with one of the worst performances they have put in this season.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 27: Rangers manager Steven Gerrard speaks with Ryan Jack and Glen Kamara during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premier League match between Rangers and Dundee at Ibrox Stadium on February 27, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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Instead of looking like a team playing for the chance to get through to the next round, they simply went through the motions for long spells.

There was a lack of any real creativity and nobody seemed willing to step up and try to do something.

With only nine games left of a season that promised so much earlier, there are a number of players who really need to improve.

KILMARNOCK, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 09: Steven Gerrard, Manager of Rangers reacts during the Scottish Cup 5th Round match between Kilmarnock and Rangers at Rugby Park on February 9, 2019 in Kilmarnock, Scotland.

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What makes it worse is that there’s a lot of talented players in the squad who aren’t playing up to the levels they have shown previously.

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Gerrard needs to take some of the blame for recent results too with his apparent aversion to making substitutes until the game is long beyond salvaging.

But with the manager not looking like he’ll be going anywhere soon – and rightly so – there will almost certainly be a hefty turnover of players this season.

LIVINGSTON, SCOTLAND - JANUARY 27: Steven Gerrard, Manager of Rangers looks on prior to the Ladbrokes Premiership match between Livingston and Rangers at Tony Macaroni Arena on January 27, 2019 in Livingston, United Kingdom.

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Although guys like Joe Worrall, Ryan Kent, Lassana Coulibaly, Gareth McAuley and Lee Wallace know they are only under contract at Ibrox until the summer, there’s a good chance a few of their current team-mates will join them in heading through the exit.

If they want to remain at Ibrox, they’ve only got nine games to prove they’re worth it.