Steven Gerrard: Rangers lacked leaders in St Johnstone draw

Jermain Defoe was a fitness doubt but started at Ibrox, but Steven Gerrard said the service to him was "horrible"
Jermain Defoe was a fitness doubt but started at Ibrox, but Steven Gerrard said the service to him was "horrible"

Rangers manager Steven Gerrard says his team had "no leaders" during their goalless home draw by St Johnstone.

The Ibrox side rarely troubled Cammy Bell in the Saints goal and have now gone two games without scoring.

Celtic can go eight points clear at the top of the Scottish Premiership if they beat Kilmarnock on Sunday.

"Their players are probably going away thinking: 'I'm as good as the Rangers players, I could play for Rangers no problem,'" Gerrard told Rangers TV.

"Credit to them - their gameplan worked, ours didn't. And they could have been going away with more than they got."

Rangers were without top scorer Alfredo Morelos, who served the second game of a three-match suspension, and Jermain Defoe overcame a fitness scare to start up front.

Gerrard said Defoe is a player who "craves chances" but described Saturday's service from the striker's team-mates as "horrible".

"My job is to tell people straight and honest and sometimes that hurts. I did it in a respectable way and we'll see what kind of reaction we get," the Englishman added.

"I seem to be doing it quite a bit at Ibrox lately. I think a few people are getting comfortable in the dressing room.

"I hope this doesn't become a record because I'm sick of playing it."

Rangers face Kilmarnock at Ibrox on Wednesday in their Scottish Cup fifth-round replay, after the initial game finished goalless at Rugby Park.

"I'm hoping I can make changes for Wednesday and I'm hoping I see a huge improvement in the level of performance," said Gerrard.

"That's just not Rangers, across the board."

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