Despite being backed to be the long-term successor to Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool, former Reds captain Steven Gerrard is experiencing a hard time at Rangers and his latest comments suggest he could be about to quit his first managerial job.
Gerrard, who is widely regarded as being one of Liverpool's greatest-ever players, assumed the reigns at Rangers at the start of last season after previously serving as a youth coach at his boyhood club.
The 39-year-old has enjoyed a largely successful spell with the Scottish giants, winning 67 of his 110 matches in charge, but has thus far been unable to dethrone rivals Celtic across the various domestic competitions.
Despite a promising start to the campaign, Rangers' recent form has left the former England international scratching his head, and he now appears to be considering his future after seeing his side eliminated from the Scottish Cup on Saturday following a shock loss to Hearts.
"I'm very disappointed. It's the lowest I've felt since I've come to the club by a long way. The performance was nowhere near good enough," Gerrard said, as reported by Sky Sports.
"On Thursday (following the club's UEFA Europa League win over Braga) I was the proudest man in Europe by a long way because to a man the players were outstanding. Everything we've worked on for nearly two years, I could see it. I was proud as punch. It was an incredible performance.
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"Today (Saturday), for 90 minutes, I didn't recognise anything so I'm feeling really, really low and disappointed. I'm not sure we realised the importance of this game and the opportunity we had to go to Hampden.
"It seems when we're the underdog and there's not much pressure, we're fantastic (but) when there's expectation to go to a tricky place to win, we have problems.
"The plan was to have a day off tomorrow but I need to think hard about where we're at as a group. I need to do some real serious thinking over the next 24 and 48 hours. I'm feeling pain right now. I want to win here, I'm desperate to win here. Looking from the side today, I didn't get the impression that the feeling amongst my players was the same.
"I'm not doubting myself. Me and my staff have given these players absolutely everything for 20 months and held their hand on and off the pitch. We've improved everything for them but it's tough when every other performance you feel the way you feel. I need to analyse myself for sure."
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