Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has blasted his fringe players after a bounce game with Liverpool under-23s at Ibrox – branding their first-half performance “an embarrassment.”

A number of senior players are believed to have played against the Anfield second-string and Gerrard admits he “learned so much” about his players.

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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Despite the first-half showing, Gerrard called the showing after the break “fantastic” after the introduction of a number of Academy players.

“It was a very useful game. I probably learned more in that 90 minutes about the players than I have done all season because it was a game of two halves” Gerrard told RangersTV, as quoted by the Daily Record.

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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“First half was an embarrassment and the second half was fantastic. It was a very useful exercise for different reasons but in terms of us as staff, we learnt so much about the players individually.”

 

The Light Blues are back in action this weekend when Aberdeen visit Ibrox and Gerrard will be hoping the performance is closer to the one against Hearts last weekend.

20th January 2019, Ibrox Stadium, Glasgow, Scotland; Mid season football friendly, Rangers versus Helsinki; Rangers Manager Steven Gerrard watches his team warm up from inside the tunnel

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With only four games to go, a number of players are playing for their Rangers future between now and the summer.

Gerrard might have spoken previously about not planning a massive overhaul of his squad but some of his recent comments hint that he might just be changing his mind a little.

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