Rangers can have “no excuses” after tumbling out of the Scottish Cup to St Johnstone, according to Alan Hutton.
The former Gers defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted Sunday’s defeat was another “massive disappointment” for Steven Gerrard, the squad and the Ibrox faithful.
As quoted by the Daily Record, Gerrard refused to use the “emotions” caused by the Gers’ Premiership successful title race as an excuse.
He insisted he had told his players the Scottish Cup was a priority and that pointing to their league success was a “cop-out”.
Rangers were taken to extra time by their Premiership rivals after both teams failed to score in 90 minutes.
The Light Blues opened the scoring through James Tavernier but were pegged back by an injury-time equaliser.
They then crashed out on penalties after Tavernier and Kemar Roofe failed to score their spot-kicks.
Hutton echoed Gerrard’s comments and insisted there was no excusing the Light Blues’ performance.
Hutton told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge: “There’s no excuses. Simple as that, no excuses at all.
“Yes, they have had a dip in form since they won the league and it was an amazing achievement.
“But to be a winner, to be a Rangers player, that pressure is on you week in, week out.
“To have an opportunity to go to Hampden for the Scottish Cup semi-final, they just haven’t been playing at their best. You can’t excuse that.
“There’s no excuse, you can’t use an excuse, it just wasn’t good enough on the night. It was literally as simple as that.
“Another missed opportunity for silverware. The two games, St Mirren in the League Cup, and then obviously this one, are massive disappointments. There are no excuses for that, it’s just not been good enough.”