BT Sport pundit Chris Sutton has questioned Rangers manager Steven Gerrard’s willingness to criticise his players following the 2-1 loss to Kilmarnock.
The defeat leaves the Light Blues ten points behind Celtic in the table, and while he believes the players took their eye off the ball after the win against their Old Firm rivals last month, Sutton thinks Gerrard was mistaken to undermine them in front of the TV cameras:
“What I find worrying, and if I was a Rangers supporter this is what I’d find worrying – the manager questioning the team’s mentality, calling them weak. This happened last season. I think the truth is that they went into the break and thought they’d cracked it after the victory at Celtic Park.”
“Odsonne Edouard in an article I saw today said that was the best thing that could happen to them (Celtic), losing that game. Because they have gone again. And they do seem to be strong mentally. But I wouldn’t be happy sitting in the dressing room if the manager is calling out me for having a weak mentality.”
This is a squad assembled by Gerrard, and while the man in charge has taken some responsibility for the current situation, passing the blame off to the players will not wash with some of the supporters.
The likes of Andy Halliday, Greg Stewart and Florian Kamberi are all players that have been selected by the current manager, and it is only right to question whether they are the right level of quality needed for a squad that is challenging for the title.