As the Rangers balloon came crashing down at Killie leaving the title ball all but burst – if not already resembling a patched-up mitre – even Steven Gerrard isn’t safe from the ire of the Ibrox support.

The Rangers boss has come under heavy criticism in recent weeks for failing to turn around a pretty astonishing dip in form since the winter break.

Rangers look unrecognisable to the side which defeated Celtic at Parkhead on the 29th of December and now supporters are looking towards their much-adored manager for answers.

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Gerrard himself has taken responsibility for the defeat, even if we saw much of the same old issues resurface as we hurtled towards it.

“Very disappointed at the moment but I am responsible for it,” said the Rangers boss [BT Sport].

“That second half performance tonight alarmed me and it’s not the first time since we’ve returned from the winter break.

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“I am going to have to try and solve a few problems we’ve got at the minute.

“We looked all over the place. We’ve got some issues at the moment but I’m responsible for them.”

The criticism of the Rangers boss is generally three-pronged.

Rangers fans have directed some of their ire towards Steven Gerrard after the Rugby Park disappointment. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

There’s a discussion to be had over Gerrard’s team selection, with underperforming players generally given starting berths over players in the background vying for a chance.

See the frustrating form of Ryan Kent and the lack of opportunities for the likes of Greg Stewart.

Then there’s frustration with a lack of pragmatism over tactics. Many fans believe that Gerrard’s stubbornness to adapt, despite predictable opposition tactics, is costing the side.

Our form against the likes of Kilmarnock and Aberdeen has been so woeful, yet we have routinely set up in a fashion which they can comfortably defend against.

Supporters have also criticised the Ibrox boss for his poor use of substitutions, a common gripe throughout his Rangers career.

Rangers current form is in stark contrast to that of the end of 2019 which had Steven Gerrard celebrating like this. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Last night every single person inside Rugby Park and watching on television could see the collapse coming. Gerrard simply had to change it earlier.

Instead, the game began to slip away from us and the Liverpool legend – who was rarely subbed as a player – resorted to panicky changes to try and rescue the match.

Rangers fans have taken to Twitter to discuss the Ibrox boss amid some of his worst form as manager:

 

Next up for Rangers is the visit of Livingston on Saturday, whilst plenty of eyes will also be on Pittodrie come Sunday as Celtic travel to Aberdeen.

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