STEVEN GERRARD tonight gave the following reaction to this afternoon’s 1-1 draw with Kilmarnock at Ibrox Stadium.
Speaking to RangersTV, the manager said: “The result is frustrating and we have obviously conceded a really poor goal which plays right into their hands as it gives them even more to hang onto
“They are coming here with a gameplan to try and take something off us and frustrate the support and conceding the poor goal certainly helped them an awful lot.
“But in terms of us trying to get back in the game, I can’t fault the players’ application and them trying to create and make things happen.
“We have had all the ball, we have pushed and we have played football in the right way. From that moment, Kilmarnock, every time we went past them it was a blatant ball and there was time wasting on throw-in and goal-kicks – all the lot, which you would expect and is fine and is the reason why it becomes frustrating.
“We had some good chances to maybe build-on even more from Alfredo’s goal, so it is a frustrating result, but the performance was close to being alright.”
On Alfredo Morelos’ equalising goal, the manager said: “He took his goal really well, but we are over reliant on him at the minute so it is my job to try and fix that.
“It is quite clear that I need to try and help the squad and the team in the final third, and I know that and at the right time, I’ll try and address that.”
Gers now have 15 days until their next game with it being the international break, though Gerrard wasn’t sure if it was coming at the right time for his side.
He continued: “Yes and no. If you asked the players, they are probably ready for a bit of a breather, but we obviously have international players going off as well so we hope they come back fit and well.
“In terms of me, I’d love the next game to be in a couple of days as you always want to get back to winning ways and get that feelgood factor back.
“But, if you take their goal out of the equation today, I think the players have nearly put in a good performance.
“But nearly isn’t good enough at Rangers and we killed ourselves by conceding a poor goal. Two of our defenders decided to stay high and two dropped off and we got done.
“So I am disappointed in that moment, but take that moment away and the players did the majority of what I asked of them.”
A positive for Gers this afternoon was the return of Eros Grezda following his long injury lay-off, and on him, Gerrard said: “I thought he did well. To be fair to Daniel [Candeias] I think he is running on empty at the moment, so I wanted to change that area of the pitch to see if we could get something from the right-hand side, and to be fair, he stood up, he was counted and he tried his best and he kept pushing.
“I felt like we were going to go on and get the second one and we had a good chance when [Steven] Davis got in and probably got caught in two minds whether to shoot or cross and then [Jermain] Defoe had a decent chance which normally, he can find the net from there.
“So it was nearly there today, but the players haven’t helped themselves by conceding a soft goal.”