'That's got to stop' - Gerrard fires warning to Rangers players
Incoming Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has fired a warning to his players that he won’t accept players going through the motions or lacking desire – and insisted that it has “got to stop now” after fans criticised a number of senior stars for their recent performances.
After losing 4-0 and then 5-0 to bitter rivals Celtic in the space of two weeks, fans have been extremely critical of the players lack of passion, and Gerrard warned that the Gers squad will “know very quickly” what he and coaching staff demand.
Gerrard admitted there are “lots of areas” for the Gers to improve but was adamant that it is “very important” that the players buy in to what he wants to do at Ibrox.
“I can’t have that. That’s got to stop and it’s got to stop now,” said Gerrard, as quoted by the Daily Mirror.
“These players will know very quickly what myself and my staff are about – and what we demand.
“A lot of them will already know the demands of the club. But it’s very important, from the off, that they buy into what I’m trying to do here. And there are lots of areas where we need to improve.”
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Football Insider verdict
Passion is something that has been sorely lacking at Ibrox for years now and fan complaints over players looking uninterested are pretty fair. The most fight any Rangers player showed in the recent semi-final thrashing by Celtic was when Andy Halliday mouthed off at a fan after the Gers midfielder took abuse when he was substituted after only 40 minutes. Far too many Rangers players are happy to be second-best to Celtic just now and some look beaten before they even take to the field against their bitter rivals. Gerrard was renowned as a player for his never-say-die attitude and if he can instill that in his players – and finally put a Rangers team out that are willing to run through walls to win trophies and titles – then the 37-year-old will have made a perfect start to life as a first-team manager in his own right and take a big step to proving his doubters wrong.