Neil McCann reckons Rangers’ defending for Motherwell’s equaliser in their 1-1 draw at Ibrox will have left Steven Gerrard fuming.

There was a gap as wide as the Clyde between central defenders Connor Goldson and Jack Simpson before the latter sold himself short with a needless challenge when he should have jockeyed Mark O’Hara to safety.

Kaiyne Woolery was on hand to finish the subsequent chance smartly to give Graham Alexander’s side a deserved point.

And McCann reckons the Ibrox manager will be “enraged” by the sloppy moment after watching his attackers create numerous excellent chances.

McCann told Rangers TV: “The frustration the coaching team must have is that they were nowhere near it in the second half. It was a really disappointing end to a game that could have been so much better. They will find out Celtic have lost and it’s a big opportunity missed to extend the lead at the top of the table.

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"If they had continued for the duration without the half-time break Rangers would have gone on and won the game handsomely.

“But it gave Motherwell a chance to regroup, tinker some tactics and the bodies and minds to settle down because Rangers weren’t the same.

“There’s no question Fashion Sakala’s goal was offside and I’m sure Graham Alexander will point that out and say they should have actually won the game. But the Rangers message at half-time would have been, ‘more of the same’, we don’t change a thing, we apply ourselves the same way in the second half as we did in the first and we win the game. They were wasteful. Fashion had good opportunities. It was concerning, as good as they were in the first half, that they were giving away chances by being really open.

“The goal they conceded will enrage Steven Gerrard because it’s too easy. Jack Simpson had to get right in and shut the gap. They weren’t well structured and that has cost Rangers a really important three points. If you sat and looked at the first half, and even in the second half they created a couple of chances, they should have had three points tucked away."