There haven’t been many times in Rangers’ recent history that the Ibrox fans have disagreed with the comments of manager Steven Gerrard.
But as the Ibrox gaffer lamented the club’s 1-0 Scottish Premiership defeat to Dundee United, there were plenty of fans railing against the suggestion the Gers didn’t deserve to lose the match.
🗣️"I'm not sure we deserved to lose the game. The reality is we have lost two games on the spin. We have to take responsibility for that. It is a chance to reset and give some people some home truths."
Manager Steven Gerrard reacts to Rangers' 1-0 defeat at Dundee United👇 pic.twitter.com/zyks66l8x2
— Sky Sports Scotland (@ScotlandSky) August 7, 2021
It was a lacklustre display from the Ibrox club with a lack of urgency, bite, creativity or quality and Dundee United – to their credit – put in a spirited display which always appeared more committed than ours.
“From our point of view, it was not good enough,” the Rangers boss told Sky Sports.
“I think over the course of the 90 minutes we didn’t deserve to lose the game but you always put yourself in that position if you don’t score goals.
“We didn’t create enough today and whilst the game is at 0-0 there’s always a risk if you get one or two things wrong.
“The result and the performance is on me and my team. We’ll have to accept that and move on pretty quickly.
“I’ve got belief and confidence in all of my attacking players but that’s when we’re at our best. Credit to Dundee United for defending well.
“When you suffer a setback, it gives you the chance to reset and give some of the players some home truths.
“We’ll go away and analyse the game. At the moment, we’ve not got time to feel sorry for ourselves [with the Malmo game on Tuesday].
“We’re going to need a far better level of performance to get that done.”
Whilst Rangers fans agreed with much of what Gerrard had to say, there were plenty who took umbrage with the suggestion the Ibrox side deserved anything more than what they got:
We absolutely deserved to lose. They created a chance and scored it. We created nothing. Poor all over the pitch. Lazy performance.
— Stewart Johnsen (@stewartjohnsen) August 7, 2021
Stevie you must have been watching a different game from us .. we deserved to lose the game 100%
— Dean Cameron (@dean_cameron16) August 7, 2021
We did deserve to lose. Just like we deserved to on Tuesday.
— ᒪᎥᗩᗰ (@LiamWATP) August 7, 2021
We were honking and deserved absolutely nothing from that match!!!!
— Christopher (@RFC5572) August 7, 2021
Of course we did
— michael🇬🇧 (@michaelc_1872) August 7, 2021
What game was he watchin if we didn’t deserve to lose https://t.co/8xUnQEjy2d
— Declan (@DecCairns72) August 7, 2021
We deserved to lose. https://t.co/myKnoxTxp4
— Bee (@thatwullybee) August 7, 2021
— Chloe (@__chloerfc) August 7, 2021
I’m sorry Stevie but we absolutely did , we were atrocious, https://t.co/0zOpa7nFBk
— 🃏Rab 🃏 (@robertmcnaught) August 7, 2021
Rangers will need to up their level of performance going into an important part of the season as the club struggles for form in the early part of the campaign.
One of the Gers’ summer signings was also singled out by a former Rangers icon after the match as the club lost their first Scottish Premiership game in 40 matches.