Steven Gerrard takes the blame for Rangers’ lack of quality but hints at January signings

Rangers boss Steven Gerrard was in a sombre mood after his side lost 1-0 to Aberdeen in their Scottish League Cup semi-final on Sunday, and his comments certainly suggested that he would look to bring in more quality in the January transfer window.

What did he say?

“I pick the players, I sign the players, I pick the game-plan so I’ll take responsibility for this. But what I’ll assure everyone is that won’t be our last semi-final and if it means I have to go and buy better quality players for when we get to this stage, that’s what’ll happen…”

“…Without a doubt we will be back in semi-finals, and if the players that we’ve got now don’t improve and start producing the quality in the final third, my job is to go and find the players that’ll do it, otherwise we’re never going to win anything.”

What did he really mean?

Gerrard took responsibility for the defeat, saying that he was the one who picked the players and set the tactics, and that his Rangers’ side had a ‘serious lack of quality’. However, it was clear that the Liverpool legend was disappointed with his players and that he felt he had made mistakes in the previous summer’s transfer window.

The new Gers boss brought in 14 players over the summer, and with that kind of overhaul to a squad it’s clear that some signings will work out better than others. One player who has been a real disappointment though is 21-year-old Umar Sadiq. The Roma loanee started the clash with Aberdeen but failed to make an impact upfront.

Umar Sadiq is booked

More signings to come

With Gerrard unimpressed at the lack of creativity and quality in the final third, it would be no surprise to see him bring in at least two attacking players in January, especially given his previous approach to the transfer market.

Rangers currently sit in fifth place in the Scottish Premiership and they will need to bounce back from this defeat quickly. Adding a couple of players in the winter transfer window though could solve their current lack of a creative spark.