Steven Gerrard will have used Wednesday’s shock League Cup defeat to deliver a “kick up the bum” to the Rangers dressing room, according to Noel Whelan.
The former Aberdeen and Leeds United striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, has suggested complacency kicked in at Ibrox ahead of the 3-2 loss to St Mirren.
The Gers bounced back from their midweek disappointment with a 3-1 win over Motherwell on Saturday, although they had to come back from being 1-0 down at half-time.
A brace from Kemar Roofe, which sandwiched a Cedric Itten header, secured the three points for the Light Blues and sent them 16 points clear at the top of the Premiership table.
Whelan believes Gerrard will have used the defeat to St Mirren as a warning to his squad and remind them what happens if their standards do drop.
Whelan told Football Insider: “I think if you go complacent, I think it’s one of those, you know.
“It seemed to me a little bit of complacency, taking their eye off the ball a little bit, didn’t turn up on the evening and that’s what can happen when you drop your standards and Steven will definitely use this as an example to give them that little bit of a boost and kick up the bum for the rest of the season.
“This is where they had that dip last year, just coming into Christmas, just into January, you certainly don’t want that happening again, you’ve got to learn from that, Dubai, so you’ve got to put this aside and use it as a learning curve, use it as an example for the rest of the players and it never happens again.
“That’s what Steven Gerrard will be demanding.”
The defeat to St Mirren was Rangers’ first loss of the season across all competitions.
They have three games left – against St Johnstone, Hibernian and St Mirren – before they take on Celtic for the second Old Firm meeting of the season.