Rangers manager Steven Gerrard and midfielder Jordan Rossiter took today’s pre-match press conference, with Gerrard taking command and firing a warning shot to his misfiring players.
As a journalist cornered Rossiter with a question about Gerrard’s post-match comments after Aberdeen, the manager interjected.
If there was any doubt about the seriousness of what Gerrard said then, there can’t be now. When it comes to replacing players who won’t step up in big games, the Gaffer is deadly serious.
“I’ll answer that. It’s a warning,” said Gerrard.
“That’s for me that, not him [question on Gerrard’s comments]. He’s been injured for two years.
“At a big club, you expect big players to step up on big occasions and provide big moments. If that doesn’t happen at any big club, the manager and the recruitment find better players or players who will do that.”
Honeymoon period over for fans and Gerrard
A lot has been said in the aftermath of Sunday’s result by fans, pundits and those at Rangers. A lot of it has also been reactionary and sore. But Gerrard’s comments reiterated today just how serious he was when he demanded players step up to the big occasion.
Too often Rangers’ key men have went missing in big games. In the run up to these matches, as fans we’ve often got carried away. And why shouldn’t we? This is Glasgow Rangers.
Make no mistake, we should’ve won that game on Sunday. With or without Morelos and Lafferty.
The Aberdeen result was another painful example of how we’ve fell short on the big day. Now Rangers manager Steven Gerrard, like the rest of us, seems to have finally had enough. Apologies will no longer cut it.
That said, in the same press conference the manager also protected the players. He spoke of a strong reaction in training. He spoke of a great group of lads. But as far as Gerrard is concerned, unless certain players start delivering, he’ll be ruthless in the coming transfer windows.
The message is simple.
Gerrard expects his key men to step up. And if they don’t, they can expect to be shown the door.
It starts against Kilmarnock tomorrow night.