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30th Oct 2018

Steven Gerrard interrupts question for player to clarify “warning” to Rangers squad

"I'll answer that!"

Darragh Murphy

Steven Gerrard is learning on the job

Gerrard was still in prickly form following Rangers’ Scottish League Cup semi-final defeat to Aberdeen at the weekend when he met the media on Tuesday.

In the wake of Sunday’s match, Gerrard had claimed that he would be willing to pursue a higher quality of player if his current squad continued to squander chances in the final third.

As Gerrard and midfielder Jordan Rossiter, whose Rangers career has been plighted by injury since his 2016 move from Liverpool, greeted the press on Tuesday ahead of Wednesday’s Scottish Premiership clash with Kilmarnock, the manager’s comments were referenced by reporters.

One question was aimed at Rossiter, who was asked if he considered Gerrard’s remarks a source of motivation, but Rossiter’s response was interrupted before he could get a sentence out.

“I’ll answer that,” Gerrard said.

“It’s a warning. That’s for me, not him. He’s been injured for two years.

“At a big club, we expect big 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.”

Rangers currently sit in fifth spot in the table after five wins, two draws and two defeats in the Scottish Premiership since Gerrard took over in the summer.