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Gerrard finally got the reaction he was after following publicly criticising his players

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Gerrard finally got the reaction he was after following publicly criticising his players

The Betfred Cup semi-final defeat to Aberdeen sent Rangers into a sticky period of form where consistency had been hard to come by.

In response to his first poor period in charge at Ibrox, Steven Gerrard went on the offensive. He has been tasked with driving up standards at the club and has challenged his players to pick up the gauntlet he has laid down for them.

Not many managers do it these days, but Gerrard publicly criticised his players. He accepted that it will be his head on the block if the poor results continued but challenged his players to raise their game and take responsibility themselves.

 

That means greater consistency of performance, meeting the demands of a huge club; one that should be chasing the title once more after being behind to Celtic for years.

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But taking on the players like that is always a risk with the amount of player power in the game these days and there were no guarantees that the Rangers squad would react positively to the public criticism.

Against Motherwell yesterday, Gerrard finally got the response he was looking for as his side romped to a 7-1 victory.

That shows the squad are all behind him, and the likes of Glenn Middleton have taken the opportunities afforded to them.

He will hope to not need to criticise his squad again to the press, but it is a welcome boost for Gerrard to know that his motivational tactics are working.

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