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'I'm all in': Steven Gerrard says he didn't consider quitting Rangers after Hearts defeat

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Rangers' manager Steven Gerrard

Rangers' manager Steven Gerrard

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Rangers' manager Steven Gerrard

Steven Gerrard insists he never had any doubts about his Rangers future after Saturday's William Hill Scottish Cup exit.

The Gers manager's future was subject to speculation following the 1-0 defeat by Hearts at Tynecastle when he admitted after the match that it was "the lowest I felt since I came into the job by a long way", while also saying "I just need to think".

Ahead of the home game against Hamilton on Wednesday night, Gerrard was asked if he had thought about his future and he replied: "Long term? No, no.

"I'm OK, good, ready for the next challenge which is Hamilton tomorrow.

"From the end of the game at the weekend which was bitterly disappointing, I have done a real lot of thinking to myself and shared those thoughts with people around me and I am ready to go again."

Gerrard is contracted to the Ibrox club until 2024 and reiterated his commitment.

"I'm in. I've signed up to something here. I'm in, I'm all in," he said.

"I always knew there was going to be periods like this that were tough, real setbacks.

"I think this is when the club needs me most and that is to stay strong and fight on and push and continue to try to improve this and build on the progress we have made in a lot of areas and to learn from some of the things that haven't gone so well and try to avoid them happening again."

Gerrard revealed that striker Alfredo Morelos has accepted internal club punishment after he was left out of the defeat to Hearts as a disciplinary measure after returning late from a trip to Colombia.

Morelos will be available for the Hamilton game.

The manager said: "He has been disciplined internally, which he has accepted and he has shown a lot of remorse for his actions, letting his team-mates down and supporters down.

"He has accepted his punishment which will stay private for obvious reasons so yes, he is available for selection."

And the boss is now looking for a line to be drawn under the Morelos situation.

He said: "As a club we are very united from top to bottom in terms of our standards and what is expected.

"When someone goes against that trust it is important that they are punished for it, so that's what's happened. I think it is important that we are not stubborn and let it fester and carry on.

"It is important that we move on from these situations, it is dealt with strongly, which it has been and we move forward.

"Is he going to be perfect? No. Is he going to make mistakes and frustrate me from time to time, possibly.

"But I need to make sure I do the right thing for him and the club in this situation and that's what I felt I have done."

PA