FORMER Hibs star and pundit Tam McManus has questioned whether last night’s defeat to Hamilton spells the end of Steven Gerrard’s time as Rangers manager.
The Ibrox gaffer re-affirmed his commitment to the club during Tuesday’s press conference, saying he was “all-in”.
That seemed to put an end to an uncertain weekend for the Englishman in the wake of Saturday’s Scottish Cup defeat to Hearts at Tynecastle.
There was also a show of support from the Ibrox faithful early during the match against Accies, as they joined in a minute’s applause in support of the former Liverpool legend.
But it was a different story at the end of the match, when they were booed off the pitch after a second-half David Moyo goal which meant they have won just one of their last five domestic matches.
Responding to a reply which said “Can you blame a manager for defensive blunders and forwards who couldn’t hit a barn door?” he said: “His team and signings I’m afraid.”
Rangers, of course, still have the small matter of a Europa League last 16 tie against Bayer Leverkusen to come.
While the Ibrox side went with both Alfredo Morelos and January loan signing Flo Kamberi up front against the Accies, McManus said that Livi striker Lyndon Dykes had shown against Celtic that signing him during January could have given the Ibrox side another dimension.
McManus tweeted: “I said they should have signed him in January.
“Would have given them something totally different to what they have.
“Rangers struggle badly against teams who sit in and they can’t play through.
“He would have given them a target to go longer early and to attack crossballs.”
Speaking on talkSPORT today, former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Jamie O’Hara urged the former Liverpool legend to give it another go next season.
O’Hara said: “He is a new manager, he is going to make mistakes.
“He isn’t going to be the finished article straight away.
“He is at a huge football club, battling against Celtic who have won that league for a number of years.
“He is learning, he is having to learn at a massive football club.
“He will assess it, have I made mistakes, am I taking the club in the right direction.
“He will self-assess and I think he should stick it out and have another go next season if they don’t win anything this season.”