sport news James Tavernier pleads with Steven Gerrard to fight on as Rangers boss

James Tavernier insists Rangers’ players want Steven Gerrard to battle on as manager.

Describing Saturday’s Scottish Cup exit to Hearts as the lowest point of his managerial career, Gerrard vowed to do ‘some real, serious thinking’ after another faltering domestic display left him staring at a second trophyless season.

And, speaking after Oliver Bozanic’s winner fired Hearts into the Scottish Cup semi-finals, the Ibrox boss offered a cryptic response to questions over his own future. On Sunday night, sources close to the former England captain told Sportsmail that he is not giving serious thought to walking away from his first managerial post.

Steven Gerrard is having a tough time, after Rangers were dumped out of the Cup by Hearts

Steven Gerrard is having a tough time, after Rangers were dumped out of the Cup by Hearts

James Tavernier has insisted that the Rangers players want to see Gerrard continue as boss

James Tavernier has insisted that the Rangers players want to see Gerrard continue as boss

The Liverpool icon recently signed an extended contract, which takes him up until 2024, and he has guided his side to the last 16 of the Europa League.

Admitting the Rangers players have let their manager down, captain Tavernier said: ‘The gaffer has given everything to the boys and we have not delivered two seasons in a row.

‘We were unlucky in the League Cup final against Celtic — but we have now been knocked out in this competition in the quarter-finals for a second season.

‘The league was in our hands but we have now given ourselves a mountain to climb.

‘We have lost it again, so we are going to look at ourselves as the gaffer has given us everything.

‘We want him to be here, definitely. He has driven the standards right up and, if selected by him, we have to deliver.’

Oliver Bozanic (centre) was Hearts' hero with his strike in the second half proving decisive

Oliver Bozanic (centre) was Hearts' hero with his strike in the second half proving decisive

Gerrard omitted Alfredo Morelos from his matchday squad after the top scorer returned 24 hours late from a spell of compassionate leave in Colombia.

The 23-year-old will be fined for his actions, with an apology to team-mates and fans likely.

With on-loan Florian Kamberi cup-tied and Jermain Defoe on the bench after injury, Greg Stewart started up front at Tynecastle on Saturday.

Unable to muster a shot on target until the 65th minute, however, Rangers surrendered their hopes of winning the last domestic trophy of the season in feeble .

‘We are devastated,’ added Tavernier. ‘The lads are finding it

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