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'Angry' Gerrard accepts responsibility for Rangers' cup exit

Steven Gerrard accepted the blame for Rangers' Scottish Cup defeat to Aberdeen at Ibrox.

Rangers boss Steven Gerrard accepted "full responsibility" after watching Aberdeen extinguish his side's Scottish Cup hopes.

The Light Blues were looking to set up a Hampden semi-final showdown with rivals Celtic that would have kept their cup dreams alive.

But it was Aberdeen who booked their spot at the national stadium thanks to a 2-0 win in the replay at Ibrox.

Goals either side of the break from Niall McGinn and Connor McLennan ensured the Dons progressed.

The Ibrox boss said the finger of blame should be pointed in his direction after seeing his team eliminated from both domestic cups by Derek McInnes' side.

Asked if Rangers' season was over, he said: "Yes, in terms of cups of course.

"I'm very disappointed and angry looking at our performance because it was nowhere near good enough in any department.

"I can't find a positive out there really, Aberdeen deserved to win.

"From start to finish we were miles off tonight in every department.

"Very difficult to sit here and try and find any positive.

"I've put this squad together, I've picked the team and the tactics so I'll take full responsibility for it.

"Anyone connected to Rangers can't be going away with any positives so it's a big problem."

Gerrard continued: "If a result and a performance puts the spotlight on me, that's fine, I will take it on the chin.

"It is my job now to try and move on from this, which will be tough because it was such a big game.

"But credit to Aberdeen, they deserve to go to Hampden, we can't expect to be going anywhere near that place with a performance like that.

"We took full responsibility but it is my job now to lift the players, keep us together between now and the end of the season and then we will see what the summer brings."

McInnes hails 'resilient' Dons

Aberdeen players celebrate their second goal.
Aberdeen players celebrate their second goal. SNS

Derek McInnes hailed his young guns for upsetting the odds to knock Rangers out of a second cup competition.

The Aberdeen boss insisted he has never before managed a side with the "strength of character" his current team possesses.

He said: "In terms of the magnitude of the game it's as good a performance as we've had against Rangers.

"We were kicking ourselves when we missed the opportunity to win the game at Pittodrie wheere I thought we had the better chances.

"But I listened to all the experts, read all the experts over the last two or three days and not one tipped us. "I took strength from the fact we have won in Glasgow before this season, and won here and at Hampden. But also our away record, how strong it is.

"Home or away doesn't really matter to me. We've found home form a bit of a struggle since the turn of the year but our away from has been as good as anybody's.

"I've maybe had better teams with arguably better players over my years here but I've never had the resilience and strength of character that these young boys are showing at the minute.

"We're in a semi-final again and we want to go and win the tournament that goes without saying. We're going to have to do it the hard way.

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