Another midweek game under lights, another dreadful result for Rangers.
This time, it looks terminal in terms of the club’s quest for silverware during the 2018/19 campaign.
Having come from behind at Pittodrie to salvage a draw and a replay, the Gers were favourites to progress tonight.
Yet, perhaps it shouldn’t have been so.
In five previous fixtures between the sides this season, Rangers had emerged victorious just once.
What’s more, the most recent meeting at Ibrox had went the visitor’s way.
Tonight, on paper, it looked a strong Rangers team that took to the field. No suspensions and no major injuries to speak of.
— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) March 12, 2019
Yet, particularly with the benefit of hindsight, there’s a case that after a poor result at Hibernian at the weekend, more than one change should have been made.
That’s just one of the criticisms levelled at Steven Gerrard by Bears on social media.
Not good enough
Every time there’s been a setback, we’ve heard calls for a reaction. There simply wasn’t one tonight.
With just three minutes on the clock, Niall McGinn opened the scoring.
There was a moment of misfortune after half an hour when Ryan Jack hit the post, but when Conor McLennan doubled the arrears, the game was good as over.
When, after 66 minutes, Gerrard rang the changes, many frustrated Gers fans voiced their disapproval.
Kyle Lafferty and Jermain Defoe replaced Scott Arfield and Daniel Candeias. Attacking changes, but alterations labelled as reactive, by the fans base.
When Steven Davis was introduced with ten minutes to go, that just further fanned the flames.
It was poor display and an even poorer result. There’ll be plenty of soul searching in the Rangers camp tonight.
Too late for that change. Gerrard is so tactically inept it’s unbeliveable.
Reactive manager – should be a proactive one.
— Chris (@chris_mcd09) March 12, 2019
Should have been changed before now
— Kirsty Taggart (@kirsty_louise86) March 12, 2019
Took you long enough
— RampantRedNemeanLion1872 (@LukeConway_1872) March 12, 2019
Out of his depth
— 🇬🇧Ryan Rossi🇬🇧 (@RyanRossiWATP) March 12, 2019
Gerrard playing the same tactics game in game out is why we are in this mess in the first place. His inept approach to tactics has landed us with an utterly disastrous season!
— Andrew Adam (@_AndrewAdam) March 12, 2019
— Gordon. (@GordonDuncan3) March 12, 2019