STEVEN GERRARD believes Rangers ‘gifted’ BSC Young Boys their win in tonight’s UEFA Europa League Group G match.
Leading 1-0 at the interval, the Light Blues conceded twice in the second half to give away a potentially crucial three points.
Speaking at tonight’s press conference at the Stade de Suiss, Gerrard explained: “Football can be cruel at times. We have to take it on the chin and we only have ourselves to blame – we gifted Young Boys a victory tonight.
“I thought what we put into the game and from a tactical point of view, the players have gone out and done ever so well.
“We took the lead the first time we really showed some belief and backed ourselves in the final third – we went and executed.
“We had another chance just after it and we said to the boys at half time I expected a reaction and I expected them to come after us, and we have conceded at a poor time.
“We haven’t been outplayed and we haven’t faced a piece of brilliance – it’s from us and we have gifted them a way back into the game for them to equalise at 1-1.
“Then big moments in the game have gone against us. I think if we had VAR tonight, they would have had a second yellow for Sorensen as Alfredo got a yellow card for exactly the same incident, so that never went for us.
“The keeper has then made a world-class save at 1-1 where we could have taken the lead from that, and we have not got a blatant penalty as well on Alfredo.
“So there were big moments at big times in the second half that haven’t gone our way.
“Then for their second goal again, we haven’t been outplayed or faced a moment of brilliance – we have gifted them their second goal.
“So we have shown naivety in terms of game management and individual errors have cost us.”
The manager continued: “It stings right now as it is still very raw and we are disappointing we haven’t taken something from the game.
“I thought we at least deserved a point, but when you analyse and you go back and think about us as a team, and you look at the last games we have lost – the Old Firm in March, Kilmarnock at the end of the season where we gave a penalty away, the Old Firm this year where we didn’t take anything from that game and tonight, we have lost, again, because of naivety and individual errors.
“When you face a certain level of player and a certain level of team, to give yourself a chance of taking something out of the games you can’t give them gifts and you can’t make important mistakes.
“I’m not sitting being worried about being outplayed by Young Boys – I don’t think they were a better team than us tonight.
“I was pretty content but having said that, I could be sitting here talking about a positive win if we had VAR as well.
“Moving forward, we need to learn from gifting teams a route back into the game or gifting teams three points.”