Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has praised three individuals for their contributions to ‘incredible’ play from the hosts against Motherwell.
The Gers drew 1-1 with the Steelmen on flag day, a frustrating result for players, coaching staff and supporters alike.
When Fashion Sakala’s first competitive goal for the club put the Gers ahead in the 19th minute, it had looked like being a comfortable afternoon for the champions.
However, they were unable to put the game to bed and Kaiyne Woolery’s 66th-minute equaliser rescued a point for the visitors.
After the game, Gerrard bemoaned Rangers’ woes in the final third but praised his three starting midfielders for the parts they played in some excellent build-up play.
“I thought Joe Aribo, Glen Kamara and Steven Davis, a lot of players, from box to box today we played some incredible stuff,” he said [RangersTV].
“Our preparation to build the attacks was up there with the best we have but when you get past the box you need someone to find those moments of quality to create goals and assist goals and then to go and score them.
“That, to me, today, was a 3 or 4-0 game. When you don’t get the second goal you leave yourself vulnerable at the back and we haven’t defended one situation well in the second half and we’ve paid for that.”
Supporters may not have expected Gerrard to be dishing out praise in his post-match interview after such a disappointing result.
However, there was some nice stuff played at Ibrox on Sunday, particularly in the first half, and perhaps he felt it was important to recognise that given some of the criticism the midfielders received following Thursday night’s Europa League defeat to Lyon.
The blow of the dropped points was softened to some extent by Celtic’s defeat at Livingston but there’s still some work to be done on the training ground ahead of Wednesday night’s League Cup quarter-final against the West Lothian outfit.