Rangers boss Steven Gerrard SNAPS at question aimed at Jordan Rossiter

Key threats like Adam Rooney are no longer at Pittodrie

Key threats like Adam Rooney are no longer at Pittodrie

Rangers are looking to bounce back after semi-final defeat in the League Cup just two days ago against Aberdeen and Rossiter is predicting a reaction.

The Ibrox side were beaten 1-0 by Aberdeen at Hampden on Sunday and re-iterated his warning for players to "step up".

When questioned about the forward's display, Gerrard said per Express: "To be fair to Umar, in the last two or three weeks he had shown signs of improvement".

We've not had an Old Firm final for a good few years so it would have been incredible to be involved in that.

This was a painful outcome for Steven Gerrard and Rangers at Hampden, and one they scarcely deserved. At a big club, we expect big players to step up on big occasions and provide big moments.

The former Liverpool captain wants to see evidence that his players are hurting and eager to atone when they host second-placed Kilmarnock in the Ladbrokes Premiership tomorrow night.

Kilmarnock, managed by Gerrard's former Liverpool colleague Steve Clarke, travel to Ibrox three points and three places ahead of Rangers.

Rangers will be bolstered up front for the game with the return of strikers Alfredo Morelos and Kyle Lafferty, who he added will "for sure" make up for some of what has been lacking in the final third.

"If that doesn't happen, at any big club, the managers and the recruitment will find better players or players who will do that". We wanted to push them back and that would allow our creative players to get into space and try to influence things. We found it hard at sometimes during the game to lose them.

Rangers now sit in fifth position in the Scottish Premiership.

The showpiece takes place on December 2nd, but before then, Brendan Rodgers and his side have a lot to overcome - not least a crucial game against RB Leipzig a week on Thursday at Parkhead.

"But we are improving and moving forward so I think the scouting department deserve credit".

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