Steven Gerrard says they cannot beat his Rangers players for their defeat by Quick Vienna nevertheless says his side’s Europa League exit indicates a need for signings.

Dejan Ljubicic winner took a win in Austria to be eligible for its 32 but undid rangers.

Gerrard – who criticised his fringe players after Sunday’s draw at Dundee – says he needs”quality” reinforcements.

“I presume to compete at this level and also have aspirations to go further, the players need some help,” Gerrard said.

Rangers were injured wingers – Daniel Candeias along with Ryan Kent – as well as midfielder Ovie Ejaria, who the director described as”unsettled”.

“I thought we’re advantageous to 80 minutes and I can’t ask the players to provide any longer,” Gerrard said.

“using what we had available to night, I thought everyone gave an almighty hard work and I think it is extremely tough for me to criticise the players to what they gave.

“We’re trying to roll the dice and proceed a little more adventuresome to attempt to make some thing to find that moment we needed 0-0 and, unfortunately, we’ve conceded on a counter strike .”

Rangers came to make it to the group stage, and finished third in the section one above their seeding – supporting Rapid and Villarreal.

Back in 14 matches in the competition of this season, they’ve lost twice but the defeat to the home draw with the Russians and Spartak in Moscow was vital, according to Gerrard.

“The players got amazing compliments for carrying this particular group to the cord,” he said.

“We will certainly take back ourselves to maybe Moscow at home, 0-0, and also some of these chances we’ve missed – and we’ll take back ourselves to Moscow away, once we scored a perfectly good goal, however we will also analyse our unique mistakes inside.

“I think, if you examine the journey as a whole, the players have done fantastically well, however the fact is, at this point, we’ve dropped a little bit short and that really is my job to attempt to tackle that.”

‘Rangers lack quality from middle to front’ – Diagnosis

“They’ll think on it and also be disappointed they did not progress from the bunch because there is most certainly a chance there to them.

“Rangers are well organised and very nicely ordered, but they are lacking quality from middle . They need to have reinforcements in that area.

“[Gerrard] has put the question to the board and they’ve backed him for this time. They have probably made £6mpound & -;8m plus they will need to get far better quality .

“There’s discussion of Ovie Ejaria going straight back to Liverpool and Sadiq [Umar] going straight back to Roma to be able to spare some cash for Gerrard to re-invest.”



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