Rangers 0-2 Lyon: Steven Gerrard says side yet to 'hit top gear' this season

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Rangers suffered their fourth defeat at Ibrox this season thanks to Ligue 1 Lyon

Steven Gerrard, manager of Rangers, says Rangers have yet to reach their peak form after Lyon's 2-0 defeat in the Europa League.

The Scottish champions suffered their first loss in group play at Ibrox, their fourth in 11 games across all competitions.

Gerrard's Rangers side lost just twice in 90 minutes last season, and the Rangers boss is aware that his players aren't performing at their best.

Gerrard stated, "I don’t believe we’ve reached top gear yet. I’ll openly admit it."

"We have had to deal with some things, but I won't use any excuses. We feel only the pressures and demands that we place on ourselves. However, we are well aware of the demands made by the staff and club.

"There is no criticism of players today, and this week's far too important to dwell on it."

Rangers, who will face Motherwell in Sunday's league followed by Livingston for the final eight of the League Cup on Sunday, were defeated by Karl Toko Ekambi’s brilliant opener. This was followed by an own goal by James Tavernier.

Gerrard believes that his team has what it takes to make it through the group, despite being punished twice for costly mistakes.

The former Liverpool and England captain said that he could sometimes lose the ball in certain areas at home, but not at this level in Europe League.

"We had some good moments, but they weren't all that clear-cut. We are a bit harshly judged. Two mistakes were made in achieving their goals.

"We can still get out the group; Lyon came from Pot 1 and are an excellent team, but I don’t think there was much gap between the teams today."