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Rangers: Fans criticise Steven Gerrard over late deployment of substitutes in defeat at Kilmarnock

Rangers: Fans criticise Steven Gerrard over late deployment of substitutes in defeat at Kilmarnock

Plenty of Rangers fans were questioning Steven Gerrard following their team’s defeat to Kilmarnock last night, with the manager’s use of substitutions coming under the microscope on social media.

The visitors had struck first at Rugby Park with a powerful Scott Arfield effort on the half-hour mark and continued to lead going into the final 15 minutes. However, late goals from Stephen O’Donnell and Eamonn Brophy turned the game on its head and gave Kilmarnock the points on a night that saw the ‘Gers fall 10 points behind Premiership leaders Celtic. [via BBC]

Gerrard made two substitutions in the match but the first of those did not come until the 83rd minute, with Greg Stewart replacing Ianis Hagi when the teams were level at 1-1. Florian Kamberi came on for Joe Aribo three minutes later, just before Brophy struck the decisive goal (as per BBC). Before those changes were made, BBC Scotland reporter Thomas Duncan noted that Kilmarnock “took a grip of the match”, with PA Media’s report [via Sky Sports] saying that the ‘Gers “remained vulnerable” when they held a 1-0 lead.

These Rangers fans on Twitter slaughtered the manager for waiting so long to make substitutions at Rugby Park:

Do you think Gerrard should have made some changes earlier in the game? How much of the blame must he take for this defeat? Join in the discussion by commenting below!

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