Gerrard shoulders blame for wrong team selection


Glasgow Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has finally opened up about the disappointing 1-1 league draw against Hamilton.

This comes after the coach and his players received major criticism from their fans after the game. The supporters blamed the coach for poor selection and tactics which led to the log leaders dropping two valuable points as they push to secure the Scottish Premiership title.

Bafana Bafana midfielder Bongani Zungu was amongst a string of changes made by the Englishman who was resting the majority of the regular starters and giving some of the squad members a chance to get more minutes under their belts against the bottom side.

Zungu lasted 60 minutes before being substituted for Ryan Jack. Rangers looked more comfortable after more substitutions were made and eventually they opened the scoring with 10 minutes left on the clock. Hamilton later equalized and denied Gerrard’s side maximum points.

Speaking to The Scottish Sun, the Liverpool legend said that he is to blame for any decisions that were taken on the day.

“The team is my responsibility and I left too much quality and personality on the bench. The team lacked that for large periods of the game.

“When we got Ryan Jack and Steven Davis on to the pitch with Kemar Roofe, we looked a lot more dangerous. We looked more like a Rangers team, but I need to take my share of the blame.

“I can’t play Davis every single game, I can’t play Jack every single game. I did that before and we had injuries. You try and make the right changes at the right time but, looking back, I got it wrong so the buck stops with me.

“It is hard to find positives, not just with Cedric or Zungu. They are the guys people look to as they were brought into the side. Outside of the subs and Allan McGregor, we need more.

“It wasn’t acceptable as a group. We’ve got fans watching and we haven’t given them a performance to be happy about.”

Rangers will now shift focus to Saturday’s home game against Kilmarnock at Ibrox as they look to get back to winning ways and continue their march towards the title.

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