“I always try to be honest”: Rangers boss Steven Gerrard has no regrets after criticizing his players after defeating Kilmarnock
- Rangers boss Steven Gerrard does not regret criticizing his players after the defeat
- Gerrard said that Rangers “failed to cope with the heat” when they lost to Kilmarnock
- Rangers are now ten points adrift from Celtic leaders, but they have a game in hand
- Gerrard, however, is adamant that Rangers will continue to fight for the title
Steven Gerrard maintains that he has no regrets about criticizing his Rangers players after the defeat against Kilmarnock left their title heaps in tatters.
The Ibrox manager admitted that his team “couldn’t handle the heat” because they lost 2-1 in Rugby Park.
Gerrard also confessed that his team would get questions about their bottle after giving up a lead for the second time in three weeks, leaving them 10 points drifting from Celtic.
Steven Gerrard does not regret criticizing his Rangers players after losing to Kilmarnock
Pundit and former Hoops striker Chris Sutton claimed that the former Liverpool skipper “threw the players under the bus” with those comments.
But the boss of Light Blues insists that it is a job to tell it the way he sees it.
“My way of looking back at what I said is that I always try to be honest,” he said. ‘I don’t want to end up in a situation where people don’t believe me or are not authentic.
‘At the time, I felt that we would really abandon ourselves and I took responsibility for the performance of the group at night. So I don’t regret what I said that night.
“We’ve played ourselves in this position, not just in the night but since we got back.
“I also need to speak to a global fan base and I think they want me to be honest, focused and authentic in the way I speak.
“So I don’t want to sit here and change myself.
“My door is always open. If (a player) is not satisfied, we can discuss this and analyze the situation.
“These players have received incredible praise and protection from me from day one and that will continue.
‘But if I see things that I don’t like at the moment – good, bad or indifferent – I will always tell the truth.
Gerrard, who is ten points behind Celtic leaders, insists that he always tries to be honest
‘Can I criticize my players? Is that not my job? What’s the problem? What would you have thought of me after I said after the game: “There is no problem here, it’s all right?”
‘We are in a club where we need the right people who are willing to win and accept responsibility and responsibility.
“That is what I want to do as a manager. Constructive criticism as a manager now coming my way is fine. I deserve it.’
Gers still has a game in hand plus two Old Firm derbies to possibly change the situation.
But a significant proportion of Ibrox believers now fear that their bitter rivals are approaching nine in a row.
However, Gerrard refuses to throw in the towel and urges his team to pay back the fans when they welcome Livingston on Saturday at Ibrox.
The Rangers manager insisted that his party continue to fight if they want to challenge Celtic
He said: ‘Under my care no one will give up or admit anything. We will continue to fight.
“We played ourselves in a fantastic position in the first half of the season, but in the past three weeks we have faced ourselves with a number of complications.
“But I believe I have the right people with me to improve that and get involved again.
“I can’t predict the future, but I can only try to prepare the boys to win them all.
“The only thing I said to the players after Wednesday’s game is that our fans never choose. They are there in wind, rain, hail or snow.
“Austria, Russia, Dubai – wherever we are, they are there. They don’t choose.
“We must all make our fans happy again. I think they deserve that. “