By Noel Whelan

21st Sep, 2021 | 10:44am

Whelan delivers 'major' Rangers training ground verdict and claims Gerrard 'won't be happy'

Rangers manager Steven Gerrard “will not be happy” with the standard of his side’s defending in recent weeks, according to Noel Whelan.

The former Aberdeen and Leeds United striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, expects the 41-year-old and his staff “are working tirelessly in training” to solve their issues at the back.

Rangers remain top of the Scottish Premiership despite a 1-1 draw with Motherwell at Ibrox on Sunday.

As quoted by the Herald (September 19th), Gerrard told RangersTV his side looked “vulnerable” in the performance.

The Light Blues have failed to keep clean sheets in their last three fixtures across all competitions.

When asked by Football Insider for his assessment of Gerrard’s comments, Whelan said: “For a long time you could not score past Rangers.

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“They would go and score four or five goals and concede none. That has not been the case this season though.

“Steven Gerrard knows what he needs to work on. They have plenty of options in the midfield and forward line. They have some excellent creative players but defending starts from the front.

“It will be a major concern for Steven at the moment and I’m sure they are working on it tirelessly in training. It is imperative that they get it right.

“If they get the defensive side of the game right they will start winning games again. That is the key to winning games.

“It was two points dropped at the weekend and Steven Gerrard won’t be happy about it.”

The Gers face Livingston in the Scottish League Cup quarter finals on Wednesday night.

The Scottish Premiership champions crashed out of the competition at this stage last season to St Mirren.

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