Steven Gerrard has insisted that Rangers will not feel sorry for themselves after suffering their first SPFL defeat in 41 matches to Dundee United.

The Tangerines were 1-0 victors at Tannadice Park as left-back Jamie Robson scored the only goal of the game.

Rangers have now lost two competitive matches in a row after losing 2-1 against Malmo in a Champions League qualifier midweek.

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The Gers must overcome this loss on Tuesday night as they host the Swedes at Ibrox in a bid to face either Olympiakos or Ludogorets in the final qualifying round.

Gerrard knows that his team must improve if they are to stand any chance of carrying on in the CL.

He said: “Look, when you face a setback, it is a chance to reset and give some people some home truths and analyse, of course. That is what you do as a manager.

“But, at the moment, we have got no time to feel sorry for ourselves and be too down, we have got to try and pick this team up and squad up and we have got a massive game in three days time. We are certainly going to need a higher and better level of performance to get that done.

“In a perfect world, you want to go in [to the Malmo game] full of confidence on the back of a really strong away performance, but unfortunately we couldn’t produce that today. It is a bigger job for me and my staff.

“We need to get round the boys, pick them up and get them in the best place we can on Tuesday night. Different competition but this is a moment to reset and get themselves ready for this big game.”

Rangers will be allowed a full house for the second leg which is a massive boost.

After Wednesday’s defeat, Gerrard said: “It’s not the position we wanted to be in but it’s obviously a lot better than going in at 2-0 and we were also on the verge of maybe going in even worse as well.”

Steven Davis scored with the last kick of the game to hand Rangers a crucial goal in the tie.

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