By Alex McLeish

11th Aug, 2021 | 3:58pm

McLeish makes 'devastating' Rangers claim after Gerrard confession

Alex McLeish has suggested Steven Gerrard will be questioning the “mentality” of his Rangers stars after suffering defeat to Malmo.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Gers boss insisted the 41-year-old would be having “sleepless nights” after such a “devastating” result.

Speaking to Premier Sports after Tuesday’s 2-1 defeat, Gerrard confessed his side had got “two restarts badly wrong” and were “really poor” defensively.

He also admitted “a bit of fear and panic” set into his side after conceding the second goal.

Defeat means Rangers will drop into the Europa League qualifiers at the next round.

McLeish suggested Gerrard would be assessing the “concentration” levels of his players after letting a 1-0 lead slip.

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Asked if he thought Rangers had a concentration or mental issue that needed addressing, McLeish told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “Those are interesting words you use there. Mental in particular.

“You wonder, the pressure is extreme on them in terms to do again what they did last year. That is the key to the continuation of great footballers.

“Rangers started the game like a house on fire, scoring the goal after 25 minutes. Everything was really good and Malmo came back into the game.

“You know the stats. Over the last couple of games, they’ve lost four goals in 10 minutes. Steven will be wondering about concentration and mentality.

“The end result was absolutely devastating. I know how, from a manager’s perspective, bad Steven will be feeling about it.

“Stevie will be, like all us managers, having sleepless nights. Thinking: ‘Could I have done something different, should have I done something different?

“‘What has happened to us, what are we not doing that we were last season?'”

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