Steven Gerrard accepts Ranger Cup record ‘not good enough’ after exit

This is the third consecutive outing in the last eight Scottish Cup games in Gerrard’s tenure who also saw three failures to win the League Cup.

While his success in winning a first Premiership title is by far the defining and most significant achievement of this season, Gerrard admits his strike rate while lifting silverware needs to improve.

“It’s a challenge for me to improve cup competitions and to have a squad that can be better and give our fans what they deserve which is more trophies – not only one in nine, ”he said. “It’s not good enough.”

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Rangers players react as they exit the Scottish Cup quarter-finals on Sunday.  Photo by PA.
Rangers players react as they exit the Scottish Cup quarter-finals on Sunday. Photo by PA.

The Rangers appeared to have secured a berth in the semifinals when captain James Tavernier broke the deadlock at the end of the second half of extra time.

But a dramatic equalizer in the 122nd minute, when Saints goalkeeper Zander Clark’s header was returned by Chris Kane, forced the shootout in which saves from Clark de Tavernier and Kemar Roofe were decisive.

“We were stung again that we couldn’t see the game end,” said Gerrard. “It was a tough game tonight and it’s a credit to St Johnstone, so congratulations to them.

“They defended very well, they were organized, they were stubborn. But we kept asking a lot of questions. We kept trying to create and I think for 90 minutes and the 120 minutes, we were probably the ones who deserved to win it.

“But the soccer cup doesn’t work that way and you don’t always get what you deserve. One thing that is crucial are the last moments you step in front.

“We need to better manage the ball at the top of the corner flags. We have to be higher up on the pitch, push. Maybe stop the game and be smart.

“We never did that well enough, it led to a corner and then someone who is six foot eight for some reason is free in the box. It can’t happen. It’s on me, it’s on us and we have to take responsibility for it.

“We will not forget the importance of the game. The Scottish Cup became a priority as soon as the championship was over and we were out of Europe.

“We get to this stage too often and get bitten – for example, St Mirren in the Coupe de la Ligue – in the last moments of games.”

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