Paul Robinson believes that Rangers manager Steven Gerrard ripped into his players behind the scenes after criticising them publicly.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Leeds and England goalkeeper says he expects the Gers boss was 10 times more critical of his squad in the dressing room than he was to the media.

Gerrard blasted his side after the 2-1 defeat to Kilmarnock in the Scottish Premiership, insisting they “couldn’t cope” with the pressure and that the performances since the winter break have not been good enough.

However, Robinson thinks that the players were given an even fiercer rollicking behind closed doors and that it seems to have the desired effect after a 3-2 win over Braga in the Europa League.

“It was impressive to turn a tie around like that in what was such a tight game, against a team like that who are decent in Braga,” Robinson told Football Insider.

“Rangers’ form of late hasn’t been good, the manager’s actually criticised them publicly which it can have an adverse effect on a dressing room but I suspect he hasn’t said anything less than what he’s said to his players. 

“What he’s said to the media he’s probably said tenfold to his players and it had the desired effect last night.” 

Rangers, who have a game in hand over Celtic, sit 10 points behind the league leaders with 20 wins, three draws and three defeats under their belts.

The Hoops meanwhile have lost twice but drawn just once, with 24 wins for Neil Lennon and his men.

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