MX23RW : Monday, March 18 19:30:55
Mar 12, 2019 at 7.45pm UK at ​Ibrox Stadium (Glasgow)
Attendance: 47,397
RangersRangers
0-2
Aberdeen
FT(HT: 0-1)
McGinn (3'), McLennan (62')

Gerrard bullish about Rangers future following 'tough' cup exit

Gerrard bullish about Rangers future following 'tough' cup exit
© Reuters
The former England and Liverpool midfielder says Rangers have improved since he took charge and is confident they will continue to get better.

Steven Gerrard admits Rangers' William Hill Scottish Cup exit has left him feeling low – but insists he is still determined to take his team back to the top.

The former Liverpool captain's rookie season as Gers boss is destined to finish without a trophy after the Ibrox outfit were dumped out at the quarter-final stage by Aberdeen on Tuesday night.

The defeat – Gers' third to the Dons in Glasgow since Gerrard made his move north – left the former England midfielder reeling as it brought his Ibrox honeymoon period to an end.

The Champions League winner knows his performance will be under scrutiny as never before when Rangers host Kilmarnock on Saturday, but the defiant boss believes he is still the man to bring the glory days back to Govan.

"It's been tough since Aberdeen," said Gerrard. "It's been tough because not only have we gone out of a cup competition, which always hurts, but there was not many positives to take out of the game and Aberdeen deserved to qualify.

"So I've been a bit low and a bit flat. But I'm fine. I've picked myself back up and I'm ready for my next challenge.

"And I will guarantee you that I will improve myself personally and I'll do everything I can to improve things (for the team). That's all I can do."

Gerrard cleared 23 players out of the Gers first-team squad when he took over, bringing in 14 summer signings before adding Jermain Defoe, Steven Davis, Glen Kamara and Matt Polster in January.

And he says there will be more changes to come this summer as he admitted transforming Rangers into a side capable of winning major honours is not a project that can be completed in the short term.

He said: "There will be change in the summer. There will be new players, there will be better players because the current players need support to keep growing and to give them a better chance of competing for what's available.

"We will improve, of course we will, but I don't expect the same in terms of numbers because I don't think we need a squad overhaul.

"We need some bits of magic, some marquee players to add to what we've got if we're to go to another level."

But while his side have now been dumped out of both domestic cups by Aberdeen and trail Ladbrokes Premiership leaders Celtic by eight points, Gerrard is convinced the squad he presides over now is in better shape than the one he inherited from Graeme Murty.

He said: "Planning ahead never stops at Rangers. There had to be a lot of changes when I took over the job.

"I knew I wasn't going to sort the problem out in one transfer window or even two.

"Without a doubt we've moved forward. We've improved. Players who were here before have raised their game.

"Players we've brought in, the majority have done really well. Some haven't and we're aware of that.

"We'll continue to try to improve the starting XI and the match-day 18.

"What I can do is guarantee supporters that every bit of effort and energy from myself, (technical director) Mark Allen and the recruitment team is going in to make Rangers a better team, a winning team.

"My confidence hasn't changed that I can make that happen – but it's not going to happen overnight. Rome wasn't built in a day.

"This job was huge when I walked in and it was huge for a reason. A lot of things needed fixed on and off the pitch and we're doing everything we can to make that happen."


Click here for more stories about Steven Gerrard

Click here for more stories about Kilmarnock

Share this article now:
Rangers boss Steven Gerrard pictured in December 2018
Read Next:
Gerrard takes blame after Rangers dumped out of Scottish Cup by Aberdeen
>

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Select and display your favourite team's news and scores in this panel

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Select and display your favourite team's news and scores in this panel
Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Liverpool31237170185276
2Manchester CityMan City30242479215874
3Tottenham HotspurSpurs30201957322561
4Arsenal30186663392460
5Manchester UnitedMan Utd30177658401858
6Chelsea30176750331757
7Wolverhampton WanderersWolves30128103836244
8Watford30127114244-243
9West Ham UnitedWest Ham31126134146-542
10Leicester CityLeicester31125144043-341
11Everton31117134342140
12Bournemouth31115154356-1338
13Newcastle UnitedNewcastle3198143140-935
14Crystal Palace3096153641-533
15Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton2996143242-1033
16Southampton3079143450-1630
17Burnley3186173559-2430
18Cardiff CityCardiff3084182757-3028
19Fulham3145222970-4117
20Huddersfield TownHuddersfield3135231857-3914

Subscribe to our Newsletter


Transfer Talk Daily
Match previews - twice weekly
Morning Briefing (7am UTC)
Ultra close-up image of Kevin De Bruyne [NOT FOR USE IN ARTICLES]Get the latest transfer news, match previews and news direct to your inbox!

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Select and display your favourite team's news and scores in this panel
Login, I already have my ad-free pass
Log in to customise Sports Mole
Buy ad-free access (show me the options)
Buy monthly ad-free access for £1.20/month
Buy yearly ad-free access for £12 (2 months free)
Settings - Logout - Manage your account
Settings - Logout - Manage your account