Steven Gerrard’s praise recently of Allan McGregor’s brutal post-match interview last weekend is exactly what we expect of our manager, and of McGregor.
Gerrard admitted McGregor was absolutely bang on, and his assessment was that of a winner, someone who said the hard things the players didn’t want to hear but the fans needed to hear.
Fans needed to hear that the players could actually call a spade a spade and call out a dreadful performance for what it was, rather than using wishy washy terms to describe a dog’s dinner.
Gerrard is of course correct, as McGregor was – last weekend was absolutely ghastly, definitely Rangers’ worst performance this season and his blunt ‘rubbish’ then observation that the players didn’t look like they wanted to win was the real close to the bone stuff Rangers fans expect our champions and leaders to say.
We don’t want BS like we used to get, we don’t want excuses, and Gerrard made the players watch that interview and used it to make sure that never happens again.
Gerrard was himself man enough to own up to his own errors last week, that he hadn’t got the team right, and that while Davis and Jack’s introduction massively changed the flow of the game, it wasn’t enough in the end to save all three points.
There was a systemic failure all round in this one, and that the post-mortem will continue until 5PM today and the hopeful acquisition of 3 points against a very very tough Killie side, indicates just what standards we expect now and just how high players like McGregor will hold those standards.
A one off, and one we sincerely hope a tonne of lessons were sought from.