Rangers were “ordinary” in their 1-1 draw with Hamilton Academical and Steven Gerrard will have savaged his players in the dressing room afterwards.
That is the view of former Aberdeen forward Noel Whelan, speaking exclusively to Football Insider after the Light Blues dropped points on Sunday for just the fourth time all season.
A Brian Easton own goal looked like it was set to hand Rangers victory over the Scottish Premiership’s bottom side but a 94th-minute Ross Callachan strike earned Accies a point.
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Gerrard’s side are now six victories away from securing the former England captain his first trophy as a manager.
“You could Steven Gerrard was not happy with the performance,” Whelan told Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs.
“The players came out afterward and said it was unacceptable so they realise they were well below par in their performances.
“That showed in the result as well. There’s no way they should be held to a point in that game. Absolutely no way.
“The form and mood Rangers have been in this season with how professional they have been, they’ve been steamrolling every single side, pretty much.
“It just goes to show that as soon as you take your foot off the gas you become a very ordinary side. That is exactly what Steven Gerrard doesn’t want. He wants them to be ruthless, full concentrated, he wants them to get this title as quickly as possible and performances like that are not going to do that.
“They’ll be scrutinised because they set the standards and as soon as they drop to that level, the players see it and Steven Gerrard sees it and he will not accept that at all.
“Steven Gerrard wants to finish the season and get the title as quickly as possible but you can’t have that creep into your game – the lack of concentration, the poor performances. It spreads throughout the side.
“Straight away after the game in the dressing room, I’m sure Steven Gerrard will have had a few strong words to say to his players.”