STEVEN GERRARD has called on his players to ‘dust themselves down’ to be ready for Saturday’s massive Old Firm clash at Ibrox.
After conceding a late Darren McGregor equaliser in today’s 1-1 home draw with Hibernian, Gerrard was left with an overriding feeling of disappointment at not seeing the game out to set Gers up for the derby clash just nicely.
Speaking to RangersTV, he said: “I don’t think we played particularly well, but we got ourselves five minutes away from the finishing line and could have come away with three points.
“It would have been a scrappy performance, but sometimes you have to take that. Unfortunately, the kid has put a great cross in and they have scored a goal and we have dropped two points.
“I’m not feeling too good at the moment, of course, which is normal, and I don’t think anyone is going away feeling good in terms of us.
“But we need to dust ourselves down and get ready for a huge game in a few days.”
Gers had opportunities to extend the 1-0 lead they had held from a first-half strike from Alfredo Morelos, with Gerrard continuing: “We are reliant on Alfredo at the moment too much, and other people, I have asked to stand up and be counted.
“The opportunities presented themselves to kill the game off, and we paid the price for that at the end.”
Gers suffered a further injury blow during the match with Connor Goldson having to go off injured.
On the defender, Gerrard explained: “We will have to assess him in the morning. There is a lot of ice going around that dressing room at the moment with bumps and bruises, but I have said to the players, we have two options here.
“We can feel sorry for ourselves and we mope around, or we regroup and dust ourselves down and get ready for a huge game and try flip the feeling of how we feel now.
“We have 90 minutes to try and flip how everyone is feeling right now.”
And asked if the Light Blues may have further numbers back for the visit of Celtic, Gerrard said: “We will have to wait and see. We are trying desperately to recover some bodies as we have missed some big names today, but that’s not an excuse.
“We had enough on the pitch to create enough chances, so we should have got over the line and taken the three points.
“In terms of the Celtic game, we will do everything we can to make the starting XI as strong as possible.”