STEVEN GERRARD was left “very frustrated” as Rangers were held at home by Aberdeen this afternoon.
The Ibrox gaffer watched on as his side couldn’t find a way past the Dons to end up drawing 0-0 in the Scottish Premiership.
After the match, he told RangersTV: “I’m very frustrated with the result as it’s obviously two points dropped. I think in terms of the performance, the players have tried everything to try and get the breakthrough.
“I would like us to be more creative in the final third, but having said that, we have created three or four big moments in the game.
“The biggest two were obviously one in the first half where Alfredo [Morelos] should put Ryan Kent in on goal, and the second one he should take the chance that was presented to him – it was a fantastic ball by Connor [Goldson].
“So the result could have been different if we had taken those two big moments – but we gave a few big moments up ourselves but that was more down to individual errors.
“So I am frustrated with the result but can’t really ask too much more in terms of the performance except can we find our spark again and can we be a bit more creative in the final third.
“We expected the game to look as it did with a lot of fouls, Aberdeen to have a lot of men behind the ball and try to frustrate, and the challenge was going to be ours to try and find the answers.
“Unfortunately today we couldn’t – but we threw everything at it. We started with three attacking players and we added three to it in-terms of the subs and we tried to twist the formation to try and find the answer.
“The reality is my big players and my talented players in the final third never delivered today.”
The manager was delighted with goalkeeper Allan McGregor for his reactions at the other end to keep a clean sheet, and continued: “I was really happy with the speed of him for the Cosgrove chance, which was obviously a real, big error from Niko – his second error in the game as first-half, McGinn has turned him as well to put the cross in, which we could have conceded from as well.
“But Allan was good. I think the saves he made, I expect him to make those saves, and I don’t think there was a top save in there. But, it’s the first time Allan has been tested here at Ibrox since we have come back after the break.
“So we are definitely doing something right in terms of the team organisation, but I think individuals in it today let us down by giving big chances up.”
And, asked how Gers rediscover their ‘spark’, the boss added: “I have got belief and confidence in the players. We have added a couple of exciting players to it that, with time, I am sure will come and help us as well.
“We have got some talent around the squad that I am waiting to come to the fore to help us, and I am going to continue to push Alfredo and Ryan Kent and Joe Aribo and Sheyi Ojo – I want to keep pushing them because there is enough talent in the dressing room to find that spark again.”