Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has confirmed he will consider his future over the weekend following a 1-0 defeat to Hearts in the Scottish Cup yesterday evening.
It means that unless the Bears manage to win the Europa League this campaign, they will likely finish the season trophyless once again, and a crestfallen Gerrard said he is struggling to reconcile the defeat at Tynecastle with their fantastic performance against Braga midweek:
“I need to think. The plan was to have a day off tomorrow, but I need to think hard about where we are at as a group. I need to do some real serious thinking in the next 24-48 hours. I just need to think, I am feeling pain right now because I want to win here…”
“On Wednesday night I was the proudest man in Europe because to a man my players were outstanding. Everything we have worked on for nearly two years I could see it on the sidelines and I was proud as punch. It was an incredible performance. But today for 90 minutes I didn’t recognise anything. So I’m feeling really, really low, flat and disappointed right now.”
Rangers were without Alfredo Morelos for the cup defeat. Gerrard revealed after the game that the 23-year-old was disciplined after returning late from a trip to Colombia.
With Jermain Defoe injured and Florian Kamberi cup-tied, it meant that Greg Stewart had to lead the line, with the result being the Gers were pretty toothless in front of goal. They managed just one shot on target throughout the whole game.
After losing in the Betfred Cup final to Celtic, crashing out of the Scottish Cup will be a bitter pill to swallow for both Gerrard and Rangers supporters.