Rangers’ performance on Tuesday looked pretty spineless, right? It didn’t seem they were up for the small matter of keep their Scottish Cup hopes alive, and the post-match interviews reflected the whole night.
Jermaine Defoe, who only played 20 minutes on the night and signed in January, was sent out to be interviewed by RangersTV. Now forget all the usual media-trained answers he and every other player provides, the fact one of Rangers’ top players wasn’t available to talk speaks volumes.
Where was captain James Tavernier, or centre-back Connor Goldson who should have been keeping Aberdeen out all night? Rangers fans expect better at Ibrox and to have their most influential players hide in the dressing room after the defeat was gutless. High expectations are at the club for a reason, and the players must understand that or move on.
All credit to Defoe for coming out to speak, but he came on when Rangers were already 2-0 down. Why should he be acting as a spokesperson for the dressing room after that disappointing performance. Of course, Gers fans will stick by the team no matter what the result, but there was clear discontent at the full-time whistle and someone who had played the full game should have faced the music.
There’ve been positive steps forward this season by Steven Gerrard and his squad, and enthusiasm has been as high as it’s been since their return to the Scottish Premiership, but the last thing the club need is a disconnect between the fans and the players.
They play Kilmarnock next at home on Saturday, so there’s a clear opportunity to work towards redeeming themselves from Tuesday’s disappointment. Defeat can be tolerated, but a lack of heart and accountability won’t be.
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