Rangers striker, Jermain Defoe, has said that the players let Steven Gerrard down following the Gers’ cup exit yesterday.
The Glasgow giants were seen off by Hearts. It was another bitter blow for the Gers who have seen their title charge grind to a half of late with a miserable run of form.
And Defoe, who has scored 13 league goals this term, claims the players need to take responsibility and stick together for their manager.
“We let the manager down if you like,” Defoe said. (Sky Sports)
“I just think it is important, as a group, that we just stick together. It is easy when you win and everyone is together and buzzing about. It is important we stick together as a group no matter what happens. That is all you can do at this moment in time.”
The defeat to Hearts came just days after the club sealed a last 16 place in the Europa League.
However, the performance levels were nowhere near that of the midweek win. And Defoe believes consistency is key for his team now.
“It is just a case of the team being consistent, which is probably the hardest thing in football, but the top teams do it game after game after game – being consistent, putting in those top performances,” Defoe added.
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Nobody has put work into being a success at Rangers than Steven Gerrard. He’s taken his mindset as a player and tried to adapt it to life in the managerial hot-seat with the Gers.
However, once again, it looks like trophies will slip away from Gerrard and Rangers. This was a massive chance for the club to pick up some silverware but the wait goes on.
Celtic should now have the league wrapped up. Obviously, the Europa League is still a dream for Rangers to keep hold of.
For the time being, though, the Rangers players will need to pull themselves together and try to finish the season as strongly as possible.