Rangers ended the 2018/19 season with a disappointing performance against Kilmarnock as they fell to a 2-1 defeat in a match that was a fairly accurate representation of the Gers season.

Steven Gerrard’s side dominated for long spells and looked more than comfortable without ever really threatening Kilmarnock’s goal.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - MAY 12: Rangers manager Steven Gerrard looks on during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Rangers and Celtic at Ibrox Stadium on May 12, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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With a number of senior players rested, there was an opportunity for some of Gerrard’s fringe players to prove they deserve another chance but far too many looked as though they were already away on their holidays.

After the joy of beating Celtic last weekend, the performance at Rugby Park will be a sobering reminder that there’s still much work needed on this Rangers side.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 27: Rangers manager Steven Gerrard looks on 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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There’s little doubt that Gerrard’s side aren’t too far away but when one or two vital players are missing or not at their best, it has a huge effect across the team.

 

The absence of James Tavernier, Steven Davis and Scott Arfield was really telling today as the Gers lacked Tavernier and Arfield’s attack-mindedness and Davis’ ability to create something out of nothing.

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GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 16: Rangers manager Steven Gerrard looks on during the Ladbrookes Scottish Premiership match between Rangers and St Johnstone at Ibrox Stadium on February 16, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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Unlike 12 months ago, there’s no need for drastic surgery on this side, but there is still some work to be done before a title challenge is a sure thing.

If Gerrard can get three or four players of real quality this summer though, then it’s a real possibility next season.

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