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Steven Gerrard warns his players about “going into their shell”

Steven Gerrard warns his players about “going into their shell”

Rangers were beaten by Aberdeen in the Scottish Cup semi-final in their first trophy competition under Steven Gerrard.

The manager believed his players failed to live up to the big occasion and has admitted that he wants to see more from his team.

The Liverpool legend knows he will be judged on those big game results in the future and is aware of the fact that he needs to get wins in those matches to keep his job, which has resulted in him firing a big warning to his squad.

Speaking in his press conference ahead of Wednesday’s Scottish Premiership game against Kilmarnock, via the Daily Mirror, Gerrard said: “At a big club, we expect players to step up on big occasions and provide big moments.

“If that doesn’t happen, at any big club, the managers and the recruitment will find better players or players who will do that.

“I watch closely and if they go into a shell then they’ve got a problem because you shouldn’t be at Rangers if you go into a shell. It is the wrong place.

“There have been too many players here of lat that are prepared to go into that shell. We can’t have them around here. It can’t happen.”

The Verdict:

Gerrard’s warning to his players is very clear and it shows that he is not scared of making the changes he may deem necessary.

He was very active in the summer with his recruitment, and although it is unlikely that it will be to the same extent, it would not come as a surprise if he continued to look for new players in the January transfer window.

The Ibrox faithful will also be expecting their players to be at their very best in the biggest games, as they are a club that are used to winning trophies and will want to end their current silverware drought.

Rangers fans – thoughts?

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