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I'll prove I'm worthy of managing Rangers after Scottish Cup let down, vows Gerrard

Rangers manager Steven Gerrard.
Rangers manager Steven Gerrard.

Steven Gerrard says he and his players will prove they belong at Rangers in the final nine games of the season.

The former Liverpool captain is now almost certain to end his first campaign in charge at Ibrox without a trophy.

That's after Aberdeen ousted the Gers from the Scottish Cup during the week, earning a 2-0 win at Ibrox.

And with Celtic eight points clear at the top of the Scottish Premiership table, Gerrard's chances of securing silverware are slim to none.

"I'm well aware of the job I signed up for, I know after a few bad results pundits and keyboard wizards will always be there. That's fine," he said.

"It's been tough since Aberdeen, not only have we gone out of a cup competition but there were not any positives. I've picked myself back up and I can guarantee you that I will improve personally moving forward."

As many as 20 new signings have arrived at the club since Gerrard took over last summer, including Northern Irishmen Gareth McCauley, Steven Davis and Kyle Lafferty, but the boss says he will focus on quality rather than quantity at the end of this season.

"Without a doubt, we have improved, the majority of players we have brought in have stood up, some haven't and we will continue to improve the squad going forward. We are doing everything we can to make Rangers a winning team but it can't happen overnight.

"There needed to be a squad overhaul when I arrived. There will be change and better players to add more quality but I don't expect the same in terms of numbers, we need a bit of magic and a few key additions."

Rangers host Kilmarnock on Saturday afternoon and Gerrard confirmed that both Ryan Jack and Scott Arfield are major doubts for the game.

"The reality is we let the club down on Tuesday but looking forward all we can control is the three points on Saturday," Gerrard continued.

"We have nine games to prove we deserve to be at this football clubs. If you are not bringing trophies you have failed and not lived up to expectations. The next nine games are still big for us."

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