It’s safe to say that Steven Gerrard was not a happy man after Rangers’ defeat to Aberdeen.
That’s hardly surprising, as his proud unbeaten home run as manager, has now ended. According to his post-match comments, it was no so much the manner of the defeat, but the performance, which was the major concern.
Speaking to Rangers TV, Gerrard said: ‘Not good enough. As far as i’m concerned, my opinion on it is, all over the pitch, not good enough.’
‘Every single individual told me today they knew exactly what they needed to do, but that never happened. We never stuck to our game plan and our ideas – we lost control.’
After a period where almost everything had went right for the Gers, the performance appeared particularly tough to take.
Meetings on player discipline proved insufficient
‘I had a meeting yesterday for 15 to 20 minutes on control and discipline and the effect it has on the suspensions and the body and blah, blah, blah.’
‘I’m frustrated that we haven’t basically done anything right this evening.’
It was an impassioned rant from the manager, but one can sympathise with his position. If the coaching staff are holding meetings on discipline and players are saying they understand, yet are still being sent off, what more can be done?
‘I can’t criticise too much, but…we give them (the players) individual jobs to do within the team, we expect them to do it…Today, too many weren’t at it.’
This setback will certainly test Gerrard’s fledgling managerial skills.
As a player, he would have simply led by his actions on the pitch. Now, he has the arguably more difficult role of lifting his players by other, subtler means.
The full interview with the Rangers manager can be accessed below: