Rangers manager Steven Gerrard sent a warning to any potential slackers and refused to concede the title ahead of the upcoming clash against Livingston, as captured by RangersTV.
The Gers were dealt a massive blow in their quest for the league in midweek when they conceded two goals in the final 15 minutes to lose 2-1 at Kilmarnock.
The Gers retain a game in hand but the defeat ensured they slipped to 10 points behind leaders Celtic. Gerrard isn’t giving anything up yet, though, and he’s stressed the players won’t be either.
“I’d like to think I know them [the players] well enough as people – I know they’ll have very similar feelings to myself,” he said, as captured by RangersTV.
“Under my watch, no one will be giving anything up or conceding anything. We will continue to fight.
“We played ourselves into a fantastic position in the first half of the season. Over the last few weeks, we’ve played ourselves into some complications and some issues. But, I’ve got belief that I’ve got the right people with me to try and improve that and do our best to get back involved in it [the title race].”
🎥 PRESS CONFERENCE | Part One | Steven Gerrard spoke to the media today ahead of Saturday's match at Ibrox. pic.twitter.com/D0d4DmP9Bx
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It’s been a tough few weeks for everyone around the Rangers squad and the manager has taken his own share of the criticism.
He described the title race as ‘difficult’ following the midweek defeat, but after having the opportunity to reflect, he was never going to concede the league during press duties this afternoon.
He has said the right things here, but what fans will really want to see, is some evidence of that fight he has eluded to, to translate onto the pitch.
With the exception of the late home win over Hibs, there’s been precious little fire and drive about the team since the winter break, and while it may now be a case of too little, too late, the very least Bears will demand is high standards and performance levels between now and the end of the season.