Former Rangers player and Director of Football Gordon Smith claim that Steven Gerrard is unhappy with his squad and he is questioning the players at his disposal. The Gers have had three frustrating results back to back in three different competitions, and that has clearly left the manager miffed.
Smith was recently quoted as saying,”With Rangers, that’s three competitions in the last week they have played in and they haven’t won in three of them and that’s a dip. You can tell by Steven Gerrard’s comments now that he is beginning to question his team. I don’t think there are any doubts about that.”
It’s true that Gerrard has asked questions from his team and has also publicly gone on and said that he wouldn’t hesitate to get in the transfer market again to bring players if the current crop cannot produce the desired results. However, that doesn’t exactly mean that he is berating the current players but instead, he is looking for a reaction from them to stand up and be counted.
This is not the first time that Gerrard has called out the team or a player publicly. Not too long ago Gerrard absolutely lambasted Umar Sadiq for his attitude and commitment in training. That did bring about some change and improvement in the on-loan striker and the Nigerian did go on to start the tie against Aberdeen.
Everyone expects the Gers to have a silent January transfer window because they have signed as many as 15 players in the summer. But Gerrard doesn’t seem to be messing about and we can see some players added mainly in the attacking third of the pitch.
After the draw against Kilmarnock at home, Gerrard was quoted as saying,”It was not the result or the reaction I wanted after the weekend. It was a six or seven out of ten and it wasn’t enough to beat a well-drilled Kilmarnock team. We knew the onus would be on us to provide the quality. We got the first goal which should have given us a big lift but it never. We continued to play slowly. It was a frustrating result and a frustrating performance.”
Gerrard has questioned about the quality of the side but we feel Gordon Smith is slightly wrong in his assessment, as currently, it seems like Gerrard is trying to get a reaction from his players out on the pitch by questioning their quality. It remains to be seen though whether this style of management would work or whether the players would crumble under pressure.