Aberdeen v Rangers: Steven Gerrard reacts to SLC semi-final loss

Aberdeen v Rangers: Steven Gerrard reacts to SLC semi-final loss

Aberdeen v Rangers: Steven Gerrard reacts to SLC semi-final loss

JOE WORRALL reckons Rangers let boss Steven Gerrard down with their Hampden no-show against Aberdeen on Sunday. Aberdeen beat the Gers 1-0 but it was a lacklustre performance that prompted Gerrard to slate his forwards after the game.

"My belief and confidence in the players hasn't changed because of the game at the weekend", Gerrard said.

"Based on past attendance figures for Aberdeen versus Celtic in a final at Hampden of 18,000 (2016 League Cup final) and 20,000 (2017 Scottish Cup final), the AFC board took the decision to underwrite and thereby guarantee 16,400 (over 80 per cent) seats, ensuring our most loyal supporters get access to the best seats available", the statement continued.

Steven Gerrard wasted no time in engaging in some mind games in Scottish football; after his first league match, he took aim at Aberdeen.

"At a big club, you expect big players to step up on big occasions and provide big moments", he said. "If that doesn't happen, at any big club, the managers and the recruitment will find better players or players who will do that".

Kilmarnock, managed by Gerrard's former Liverpool colleague Steve Clarke, travel to Ibrox three points and three places ahead of Rangers. We have a good record against them in finals in recent years.

"Steve will come and try and frustrate us, get the crowd on our back", he predicted.

The major call for Gerrard was to list Umar Sadiq as striker in the absence of the suspended Alfredo Morelos and Kyle Lafferty, who was cup-tied. We found it hard at sometimes during the game to lose them.

Rangers sit fifth in the table, level on points with St Johnstone as they look to record a third consecutive league win. "The last thing you want after a semi-final loss is a long time to wait to play again".

"I'm looking forward to seeing what will pan out with these guys", Wise told the Daily Star.

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