Rangers manager Steven Gerrard took the squad to McDiarmid Park earlier today for the Premiership clash against St Johnstone, and it looked like it was going to turn into one of those days for the club.
The hosts helped themselves to the lead in the 45th minute, but a second half brace from striker Alfredo Morelos saved our blushes and gave us a fourth win on the spin as we kept the pressure on at the top of the table.
Speaking to Sky Sports following the fulltime whistle, Gerrard didn’t hold back in his criticism of the performance, admitting that he had verbally blasted the players at the halftime break given the shoddy and poor performance they were putting in.
I’m sure plenty of fans will agree after that opening 45 with his barb that they weren’t fit to wear the shirt in the first half.
“The first half wasn’t good enough. Nobody did the shirt justice, nobody looked like a Rangers player to me. I had to have the honest conversation with them at half-time, I had to tell them what all the fans thought of them because you could hear their reaction at the end of the first half.”
Having pulled few punches with his criticism, Gerrard did go onto praise the players for their reaction in the second period and it was far improved and he was pleased with what he saw, but he also knows we can step off like that in future games as we will undo the good work we’ve done so far.
— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) December 23, 2018