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GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - DECEMBER 05: Rangers manager Steven Gerrard looks on during the Scottish Ladbrokes Premiership match between Rangers and Aberdeen at Ibrox Stadium on December 5, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has revealed his disappointment with his player’s performance in their 2-1 defeat to Kilmarnock.

Rangers headed into the Wednesday’s league meeting level on points with Celtic and took the lead at Rugby Park when Jermain Defoe scored on his debut 12 minutes into the first half.

But mistakes in defence, not least from Joe Worrall, saw Eammon Brophy score to draw Kilmarnock level in the 22nd minute, before Jordan Jones sealed all three points for the host in the 66th minute.

Gerrard feels his team started the game in a good manner, but admits the Killie’s equalizerchanged the atmosphere and the Gers’ performance then became disappointing.

He said on BT Sport after the match: “[It was] miles away from what I was looking for and what we were after.”

“We started the game extremely well, had control, worked hard to get ourselves in front and everything looked really good. Then we gave them a major gift and it changed the whole momentum of the game.”

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“From then the atmosphere changed and we looked like the team under pressure every time we had the ball at the back”, he added.

Speaking about their title challenge this season, Gerrard said: “This makes it a lot more difficult for us. The table won’t look nice tonight, we’ll get some criticism and rightly so.”

“We’ve had an awful lot of praise three weeks ago and rightly so, but tonight we weren’t at it all over the pitch and we have to suck that criticism up”, Gerrard added.”