Rangers manager Steven Gerrard on Friday insisted that he had no regrets over publicly criticizing his players after a damaging defeat at Kilmarnock which put Celtic in pole position to win the Scottish Premiership. The 2:1 loss at Rugby Park saw the gap between Rangers and arch-rivals Celtic increase to 10 points as the latter moved closer to a 9th successive title after the 5 nil bashing of Hearts.
According to Gerrard, his side couldn’t handle the heat at Rugby Park, thereby questioning their level of courage as a team. The comments resulted in former Celtic striker now turned TV pundit Chris Sutton stating that the English man had thrown his players under the bus.
However, the Liverpool legend stated that there was no point in trying to spare the feelings of the team after the major setback.
“My way of looking back at what I said is that I always try to be honest,” he said.
“At the time, I felt like we’d really let ourselves down and I took responsibility for the group’s performance on the night.”
The former England international continued: “So I have no regrets for what I said on the night.”
“These players have had an incredible amount of praise and protection from me since day one and that will continue,” he said.
“But if I see things that I don’t feel are right at that moment — good, bad or indifferent — I will always speak the truth.”
Gerrard added: “Am I allowed to criticise my players? Is that not my job? So what’s the problem? What would you have thought of me if I had said after the game, ‘there is no problem here, it’s all fine?’
“Constructive criticism as a manager coming my way now is totally fine. I deserve it.”