Rangers manager Steven Gerrard sends emotional pledge to fans ahead of Kilmarnock clash | Football | Sport

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Rangers crashed out of the Scottish Cup at the hands of Aberdeen earlier this week and the eight-point gap to Celtic in the league table looks too big to overcome with nine games remaining.

Ex-England skipper Gerrard had high hopes for the season when Rangers went level at the top with their Old Firm rivals after a historic 1-0 victory at Ibrox in December.

However, a difficult run of fixtures have seen Gerrard’s side slip to defeats and several draws as Celtic’s form remained consistent despite Brendan Rodgers’ leaving the club.

“I’ve picked myself back up and I can guarantee you that I will improve personally moving forward,” Gerrard said ahead of the Kilmarnock clash.

“I’m well aware of the job I signed up for. I know after a few bad results pundits and keyboard wizards will always be there. That’s fine.

“There had to be a lot of change when I took over in the job. I knew I wasn’t going to sort the problem out in one transfer window, not even two.

“But without a doubt we’ve moved forward, we’ve improved. Players that were here before have raised their game. Players that we’ve brought in, the majority, have stood up and done really well.

“We’re doing everything we can to make Rangers a better team and a winning team.

Neil Lennon was appointed caretaker manager at Celtic Park in February with the task of continuing Rodgers’ work in guiding the Scottish giants toward yet another league title.

Despite the brief optimism, Rangers fans have seen their hopes dwindle, with their bitter rivals on course to win an eight-consecutive league crown.

“My confidence hasn’t changed that I can make that happen but it’s not going to happen overnight,” Gerrard continued.

“This job was huge when I walked in and it was huge for a reason because a lot of things needed fixing.”

Liverpool legend Gerrard admits that change is a certainly in the summer, with loan players set to rejoin their parent clubs and Alfredo Morelos likely to receive heavy interest from abroad.

“There will be change here, there’ll be new players, there’ll be better players because the current players need some help and support to keep growing and keep improving,” Gerrard continued.

We will get more quality and add to it. I don’t expect the same in terms of numbers because I don’t think we need a squad overhaul. I think we need some bits of magic, a couple of marquee players to add to what we’ve got to maybe go to another level.”

Rangers face Kilmarnock at Ibrox on Saturday as they look to bounce back from cup disappointment with three points in the league.



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