STEVEN GERRARD believes his side started their Scottish Premiership draw with Hearts with “the wrong mentality and the wrong attitude.”
Gerrard watched on as his side fell behind after just six minutes to a Ryo Meshino strike, and while Alfredo Morelos levelled matters before half-time, Gers couldn’t find a winner.
The manager spoke with RangersTV at full-time and explained: “I’m frustrated and disappointed in the performance. I thought we started the game really badly with the wrong mentality and the wrong attitude.
“We never went into the game knowing that we had to compete and earn the right and we were lucky not to be a couple down in the opening 10 minutes.
“It was another individual error for the goal, but before that, they have hit the crossbar as well.
“Hearts certainly started the game a lot better than us, and it is something which is really not sitting well with me at the moment.
“I thought we reacted well from the goal and did well to get back into the game, and at half-time we tried to reset and we competed better in the second half, but we haven’t created anywhere near enough to win this match.
“It’s two points dropped, and with all due respect to Hearts, the team we have put out was looking to take maximum points here so I am frustrated at the moment.”
Gers were free-scoring coming into the game, netting 17 goals in their previous four league matches, and asked why it didn’t happen in the final third for his team today, Gerrard responded: “Well, our creative players haven’t come to the party.
“We haven’t tested the goalkeeper enough and again, we have had to rely on Alfredo to bail us out.
“So I am looking for more from my creative players – whether you’re a 10 or whether you are a winger or whether you are a full-back who is playing high – we need more quality from the sides.
“We need more combinations and we need people to be more inventive. So as an attacking force we certainly weren’t at the races today.
“I thought we competed better in the second half and tried to earn the right, but we dropped two points here because of the opening 10 minutes.”
He was also quizzed on that first 10 minute spell, adding: “Not starting the game right and understanding that when you come to away places in this league, first and foremost you have to put your shoulders back and fight and compete to win second balls, win first balls and have bodies around it and have the right attitude and the right frame of mind.
“We were casual in the first five or 10 minutes and could have been a couple behind so we have no complaints.
“We need to learn from this very, very quickly.”
In terms of positives, a return for Ryan Kent in the second half was welcome, and Gerrard continued: “I was to-ing and fro-ing whether to start him or not, but he has been missing for quite a few weeks now so we decided to put him on the bench and try to get 30 into his legs.
“Hopefully he can get up to speed as quick as he an as we need him fit and firing as soon as possible.”
The Light Blues now move on to Porto as the Europa League returns on Thursday.
The manager said: “To get a result there, we are going to have to compete and do a lot of dirty work, fight and really work so hard for each other and be in the right frame of mind.
“Otherwise, if we start the game like we did today, we could be in trouble. But, any game of football before a ball is kicked, you have got to go out and be ready from the start.
“The opening five minutes today is the worst I’ve seen us.”