Following Rangers‘ ‘frustrating’ 2-2 draw at Easter Road against Hibernian on Sunday afternoon, the gaffer, Steven Gerrard admitted that it was a disappointing afternoon’s work in terms of the result.
“We were disappointed with the outcome, the result”, Gerrard told Rangers TV. “It’s two points dropped, I don’t think the performance, overall was good enough to win it. We did have some good chances to win it, but I don’t think we defended well enough over the 90 minutes and we go away frustrated.“
After battling back from 1-0 behind, the visitors showed a terrific amount of grit and determination to overturn the deficit to take the lead, only to concede a ‘sloppy’ goal by Rangers high standards.
“I think that we have to manage the game better”, admitted the Rangers boss. “We showed good character, great quality, the second goal was fantastic – to get ourselves in front. But then we go and give a really sloppy goal away, so that’s disappointing.
“We scored two good goals today, we created some really good chances, too. Ryan Kent, can he take it on? can he take a touch and get closer to the goal? the keeper’s pulled off a hell of a save and then obviously, Scott (Arnfield) has made a fantastic run, got a great connection on the ball and it’s a great save, but you’d expect him to take the second one. In terms of creation, I think we did enough, but to concede two goals away from home makes it very difficult to win football matches.”
Gerrard was also quick to provide an injury update on summer signing Kemar Roofe: “He’s been sent for a scan, we originally thought it may’ve been a tightness in his calf, he thought it was a tightness in his calf, in our assessment it was looking that way, but something came up in the scan and he’s going to be missing for the short-term.”
With Willem II up next for Gerrard’s side in midweek in the Europa League qualifiers, the Rangers boss is expecting a tough, physical encounter.
“I’m expecting a tough game, they’re a tough side, they have some really good, attacking players. They finished fifth in the Dutch League last year, so they deserve respect. But, one thing’s for sure, we’re going to have to improve from an organisation point of view and defending if we’re going to progress to the final qualifying round.”