Steven Gerrard will have been fuming over the defensive performance from Rangers in Wednesday’s shock League Cup defeat to St Mirren.
That is the view of former Aberdeen and Leeds United striker Noel Whelan who, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, believes conceding three goals will have “hurt” the Gers boss more than the defeat itself.
The 3-2 defeat was the Glasgow giants’ first defeat across all competitions this season and only the fifth time they had conceded two or more goals in 28 games.
Defender Connor Goldson gave the Gers the perfect start with a goal inside the opening 10 minutes but an injury-time tap-in from Connor McCarthy sealed a shock win for St Mirren.
Whelan has insisted Gerrard will be disappointed with the loss but suggested the manner of the defeat, with three goals conceded, will be the toughest pill to swallow.
Whelan told Football Insider: “Number one, disappointed with defeat, disappointed to be knocked out of the cup when you’re so close and probably the favourites to go on and win it when you look at the teams that are left in now, in the semi-final.
“Secondly, to concede three goals when you’ve been so proud of your defensive record this season too, to concede three, that will hurt him probably the most.
“The game has come and gone but to concede three goals, when you score two, you’re expected to win the game – that’s the way they’ve been doing it all season.”
Rangers have kept 20 clean sheets this season, which has helped them top the Premiership table and secure qualification to the Europa League knock-out stages.
St Mirren’s win means a team other than the Gers or Celtic will win the Scottish League Cup for only the fifth time in 14 seasons.