Steven Gerrard has branded Rangers start to the Scottish Premiership season – but defended his players.

The Rangers manager was speaking to press before the Dundee game tomorrow afternoon and had a lot to say.

He told us players were returning, told us players were out, and shut down talk on referees.

But he admitted that Rangers start – the poorest in 29 years – was unacceptable.

Steven Gerrard has had a rocky start domestically but he managed to get Rangers to the Europa League (VALERY HACHE/AFP/Getty Images)

Time to prioritise the league

Gerrard said: “The players and the squad have done extremely well so far and I have got a lot of praise for them getting Europa League qualification, which was brilliant.

“But for me now it’s about prioritising the league. We understand the Aberdeen result and last-minute goal against Motherwell but we won’t use them as excuses.

“Our points total at the minute is not acceptable and we need to really front up these next four league fixtures before the next international break and take maximum points.”

Gerrard’s squad had a tough, telling run to the Europa League group stages and it obviously had an impact on the team’s performance. That said, he clearly recognises that the club must manage this workload and still bring domestic success.

That begins with three points against Dundee tomorrow.

Rangers face Neil McCann’s Dundee tomorrow – they are without a point in four games (photo by David Young/Action Plus via Getty Images)

No excuses – but a great job in the circumstances

Rangers might’ve had their poorest domestic start for close to three decades, but you’ll be hard-pressed to find a Rangers fan who isn’t the most optimistic they’ve been in years.

Steven Gerrard completely overhauled the squad, bringing 15 players in as over 20 left.

In a short space of time he has galvanised the team. He’s also been the leader the fans have lacked for a long time.

Tomorrow is a big day for Rangers. After the dust has settled from the first phase of the season, it’s imperative we get back into form and firing again.

The next five games domestically could make or break our season.