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The new players of Rangers must learn quickly from the “education” they are receiving at Motherwell, according to the boss Steven Gerrard. Gerrard was very disappointed with the manner and timing of the 94th-minute tie that made it 3-3 and denied the victory of his team on Sunday.
The goal of Peter Hartley was the Rangers second conceded from a set-piece that have come from back to lead 3-2. Gerrard said “I was always aware that we are going to get some bumps in the road soon, and this is the real first bump, it is my responsibility to ensure that this should get out of the system as soon as possible and get prepared again for a big game in midweek.”
On Thursday, the Rangers will take the lead of 1-0 to Russia for the second leg of their Europa League playoff opposite Ufa as they are trying to lock their place in the Europe’s second-tier group stage competition. After three days, they head in the Scottish Premiership to Celtic Park for the season’s first Old Firm meeting.
Gerrard said that the direct style followed by Motherwell at Fir Park was a good lesson for all those players who are not used to that because of being new to the league.
On the other hand, the captain Hartley cause controversy by saying that it was “fun to watch” former Fabio Cardoso the Rangers defender who was weeping after getting his nose broke in a game between the sides in the last season. On Friday, he also said that there would not respect shown in the much amount to Gerrard and Rangers himself accepted to being a bit caught out by the hosts’ approach. The old Liverpool captain agreed that he should have induced Lee Wallace before.