Rangers may have progressed to the Round of 16 in the Europa League by beating Braga, but they have been brought right back down to earth in the Scottish Cup.
They fell to a 1-0 loss against Heart of Midlothian in the quarter-final, after allowing Oliver Bozanic to score through their own calamitous defending.
Five minutes after the goal, Steven Gerrard brought Ryan Jack off for Ianis Hagi in an attempt to get back into the game, which proved to be futile both in trying to change the result and appease the fans.
63′ SUB: Ianis Hagi comes on to replace Ryan Jack | 1-0
— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) February 29, 2020
Fans saw the Romanian’s introduction as being “63 minutes too late”, feeling confused by the fact that Gerrard waited until going behind to bring him on.
Hagi has got off to a superb start at Rangers, scoring three goals and registering an assist from six starts and one substitute appearance across the Europa League and SPFL.
Therefore, it is pretty fair to suggest that he could have made a difference if he had started the game or been brought on earlier, and Gerrard’s decision not to involve Hagi sooner has certainly caused some uproar amongst supporters…
63 minutes late
— (@arrfc15) February 29, 2020
63 mins too late
— Ewan McFarlane (@EwanMcfarlane2) February 29, 2020
63 mins late
— (@_SS1872) February 29, 2020
Bit late with that
— Claire M❤ (@ClaireM61543698) February 29, 2020
This is by no means the only call from the gaffer that has irked Gers supporters though, with one fan stating “Gerrard’s tactics are so laughable”.
The team were outdone by Hearts, as the home side had 12% more possession and five extra shots than Rangers managed.
With this following just two wins from Rangers’ last six SPFL games, the indication is that Gerrard definitely has issues to address regarding the team’s domestic form.
Though if one fan gets their way, he won’t be the man charged with doing that, as they claimed they “hope he quits today”.
Gerrards tactics are so laughable
— Ben Davidson (@bendavidson25) February 29, 2020
It’s mental that gerrard will probably resign before he tries a new formation.
— Out Of Context Rangers (@rangers_out) March 1, 2020
We just have to hope he quits today 🤞
Way out his depth
And shown time and time again he doesn’t learn from his mistakes
Time to go#GerrardOut
— Helander (@CraigG15977856) March 1, 2020