Steven Gerrard has told BT Sport (broadcast on 12/3; 22:18) that he was extremely disappointed by the third goal Rangers conceded in their Europa League tie on Thursday night, and insisted that Matt Polster should have done better.
The Gers are going to need a colossal performance in Germany if they hope to reach the quarter-final after Bayer Leverkusen ran out 3-1 winners at Ibrox.
It had appeared that Rangers may have handed themselves a lifeline after going 2-0 down. George Edmundson produced a brilliant header to halve the deficit.
However, Leverkusen would get the final goal of the night. It was Polster who lost the ball inside the visitors’ half. And the American – who replaced James Tavernier late on – was unable to win it back after sliding in with a challenge.
Leverkusen broke from there and went on to add a third. And Gerrard admitted after the game that he was not pleased with what he saw from Polster.
“I’m extremely disappointed with the third,” he told BT Sport. “Polster’s gone to ground, he’s got to take the man down and take the yellow card for the team.
“If he doesn’t, he’s got to run all the way back. He actually gets back, does well, but you’ve got to be better in the one vs one.”
It was a shame for Polster that he did make the error. With James Tavernier’s form attracting criticism from some fans, he may have felt that he has perhaps had an opportunity to stake a claim for a more prominent role in recent times.
Unfortunately, he did give the ball away too cheaply on Thursday. And Rangers were punished, making their task in Germany just that little bit more difficult.