Steven Gerrard’s anger at last night’s performance was evident for everyone to see, but did he take it too far in his post-match interview?
Rangers were dreadful in the 1-0 loss to Aberdeen, and were lacking in quality all over the pitch. This wasn’t helped by the fact that Scott Arfield was missing through suspension or that Alfredo Morelos was carelessly sent off mid-way through the second half.
Regardless, the result was poor as Rangers missed the chance to capitalise on Celtic’s slip-up at Motherwell. It means that Sunday’s game at Dundee is a must-win, and Gerrard will have his players fired up for the contest.
Yet his comments last night were a tad eyebrow raising when he said the following:
“I spoke to my players yesterday for 15 minutes on discipline and control. I spoke to them before the game in the team-meeting, and spoke to them after the game.
“It’s time the players start showing the club a bit of respect. They need to play tough, compete, but most importantly stay on the pitch.”
Players have done tremendously well this season
Gerrard is bang on when it comes to the discipline at Ibrox. Not going over the top is essential if Rangers want to keep having all XI players on the pitch. Despite that, however, how many of those eight red cards this season were truly worthy?
Alfredo Morelos has been guilty for three of them, whilst Daniel Candeias was extremely unfortunate against both Villarreal and St Mirren respectively. It’s unfair to slam the players when several of the sending offs were harsh.
The team have done exceptionally well this season. Rangers have managed to qualify for the Europa League whilst still keeping in touch with Celtic. In terms of a shift, these players continue to give it their all on a consistent basis.
A few red cards don’t necessarily mean the players aren’t showing some respect to the club. Morelos’ discipline has been a problem since he signed for the club, and that’s perhaps an area that needs addressed.
In large spells last night, however, Rangers’ discipline was fine. If anything, supporters would’ve wanted them to have a bit more aggressiveness than they showed.
Did the players really show a lack of respect for the club they’ve done so well for this season? Let us know your opinion.