Rangers “have to take the criticism” that comes their way after losing to Livingston, says boss Steven Gerrard.
Sundays defeat was just the second of Gerrards tenure, but leaves the Ibrox club searching for a first away win in the Premiership since February.
“We could still be playing for a couple of days, I dont think wed have scored,” Gerrard told Sky Sports.
“Weve had praise and weve had a lot of credit. Now we have to take the criticism and when were not good enough, and I need to tell the players when theyre not good enough.
“Credit to Livingston, they deserved it. We didnt create enough and the one thing you dont want to do now as a player is play your way out of the team.”
The solitary goal came from a free-kick and Gerrard told RangersTV the side should have had a “wake-up call” after losing goals from set pieces during Augusts draw with Motherwell.
And, with Rangers hosting managerless Rapid Vienna in the Europa League before next Sundays meeting with Hearts, the manager warned that his side “need two big wins now”.
Rangers were always looking weak defensively. Anything played into the box, I didnt think their defence dealt with it well enough and they totally lacked creativity.
They had enough of the ball in the first half but it was kind of a slow pace. They upped the tempo in the second half and were better for 20 minutes but they hardly created a chance.
A Dolly Menga goal from the hosts in the first half was enough to keep all three points at home and frustration continued to build for the visitors as Gerrards wait for an away win in the Scottish Premiership continued.
As the game wore one, it just got desperate. It was just throwing the ball up the park. Theyre normally good with their distribution from wide areas Rangers, but not today.
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