After Rangers lost 1-0 to Aberdeen in the Betfred Cup semi-final on Sunday, Steven Gerrard was faced with his first major setback in charge at Ibrox.
The Liverpool legend decided to take aim at his underperforming stars; taking the blame for his team selection but calling on his players to show the mentality and quality required to succeed at a huge club.
He will have been hoping for a strong reaction from his side when they hosted Kilmarnock on Halloween night, but he did not get one.
Instead, the Gers were held to a 1-1 draw when Greg Stewart’s strike cancelled out the opener from the returning Alfredo Morelos as they dropped their first home points of the season.
He again took aim at his players following that Ibrox disappointment; calling on them once more to take responsibility for their performance.
But why wasn’t Gerrard able to get a reaction from his players? Should he have protected his players in public; both on Sunday and Wednesday night?
Perhaps, but Gerrard is holding his new-look squad to the same standards as his own and that should go down well with the fanbase.
His points are valid and he surely has plenty of goodwill in the bank from the players, so this is a blip that should pass and actually improve the unity of the club.
But calling the players out in the press is risky business…