STEVEN GERRARD admitted he was left ‘frustrated’ by tonight’s stalemate with Spartak, but reckons that reaction shows just how far the Light Blues have come.
Gers had the better chances in the 90 minutes and had a superb opportunity through Eros Grezda deep in injury-time, but the Light Blues still top their Europa League group.
Speaking to RangersTV, Gerrard said: “I’m a little bit frustrated we couldn’t find that breakthrough and get that important goal. I think we have come up against a good team today and a team which has given their manager a reaction in terms of their effort and application.
“It was a good game, but I think it shows how far we have come because the players and myself are disappointed we haven’t taken maximum points. But we take the point, the clean sheet and we move on. The record goes on in Europe which is another positive.
“I am proud of the lads today as we played really well for 45 and then lost our way for 10-15 minutes when we lost a bit of control and weren’t making passes when we regained the ball.
“But we showed a good attitude to get ourselves together and get more control. I thought we finished the stronger, we created the better chances, but it just wasn’t to be.
“Just a tap-in, or a deflection or maybe Eros if he had more control on his finish, but look, we can’t expect to just bring teams here and blow everyone away.
“Sometimes it is going to be tough and sometimes teams are going to take us to the wire. SO I have no criticism for the players – I thought they were good tonight, but they just weren’t excellent and never had that little final bit of magic in the last bit just to get us those three important points.
“But this point could be vital for us so we will take it and move on.”
Gers now move on to face Aberdeen in the Betfred Cup semi-final on Sunday, and on that, Gerrard added: “We need to recover and you hope overnight you don’t get any niggles or injuries from today’s game and you recover and start your preparation first thing in the morning.
“We have two days to prepare against a rival of ours and another big team in an important semi-final, so we will go there and give it our best shot.
“We want to go and play in a major final and you don’t get a better opportunity.”