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These Rangers fans are concerned by Steven Gerrard’s decision making

These Rangers fans are concerned by Steven Gerrard’s decision making

Rangers’ hopes of qualifying for the knockout phase of the Europa League were dealt a major blow on Thursday night as they were beaten 4-3 by Spartak Moscow in Russia, despite taking the lead on three separate occasions. 

For all of the hype which has surrounded Gerrard’s arrival at Ibrox and the pre-season optimism which came with it, there is a feeling that Rangers have failed to progress under his leadership so far this season.

Domestically there is little sign of a marked improvement, but they had impressed in Europe until they suffered defeat on Thursday night.

While there are certainly individual pitfalls to be highlighted throughout the squad, there is no doubt that Gerrard has to be held accountable for a series of abject performances in recent weeks.

Of course, there is only so much a manager can do to influence what happens on the pitch, but his decision to avoid making a single substitution last night until the 82nd minute was questionable to say the least.

Add in the fact that Jon Flanagan has been playing at left-back as opposed to his more natural right-back position, and it’s clear to see that he is making fundamental errors which are ultimately restricting Rangers’ development.

And besides, it’s all well and good coming out and slating your defensive unit for lacking basic defensive qualities which you learn as a teenager, but who exactly is training these players all week and preparing them for fixtures?

Of course, Gerrard is the man overseeing that particular operation and it’s down to him to ensure his defensive unit are refining the basics on the training ground throughout the week.

In the aftermath of proceedings, the Rangers supporters took to Twitter to slate their manager for his poor decision making which culminated in last night’s performance, with the aforementioned themes notable points of discontent for the supporters.

Here’s what the Rangers fans have had to say about Gerrard’s questionable decision making…

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