Steven Gerrard interrupts Jordan Rossiter to shut down reporter

Rangers manager Steven Gerrard is satisfied with Sadiq Umar's performance despite being heavily criticised for Rangers' 1-0 loss to Aberdeen in their Scottish League Cup semi-final.

And the former Liverpool coach handed the youngster a chance to lead the Ibrox outfit attack following the absence of Kyle Lafferty and Alfredo Morelos. "If they're not with us right now, I'll find them".

The former Liverpool captain added that the side want to "make supporters happy again" and the way to do that was winning.

"The crowd might be slightly different because when we have played in front of them before we have had momentum and they're in a good place".

We knew it was a big chance.

"But my belief and confidence in the players hasn't changed because of the weekend".

Steven Gerrard showed his uncompromising side as he interrupted Jordan Rossiter's answer in a press conference to issue a warning to underperforming Rangers players.

"Only probably two or three people really played to their maximum today so you can't expect to beat a Steve Clarke or a Kilmarnock team, that is well drilled, when you only have two or three at it."

'If that doesn't happen, at any big club, then the manager and the recruitment find better players or players who will do that'.

Speaking ahead of tonight's clash with Kilmarnock, he said: "The business I am in, it is cut-throat, it is brutal". "And he's got a good team and good players".

"That is not to take anything away from the players who went to Ibrox previous year and put in a really gutsy performance and managed to nick a 1-1 draw. I'm sure the lads will do".

Watching Gerrard speak as a manager is hugely impressive, as he draws from his experience at a top-level side as a player, as well as stamping his own imprint in his new role.

"If you've got anything about you it should hurt for a little while and in the coming performances you should take that frustration out on them".

  • Steve Townsend