Glasgow Rangers needed to come from behind to pick up a point at Ibrox.
Steven Gerrard has told Rangers' official website that he thought that Eros Grezda did well on his return to the Gers side, while he admitted that Daniel Candeias appears to be running on empty after his lacklustre display.
Rangers have now gone four games without a win after Alfredo Morelos' goal was only good enough to bag a 1-1 draw with Kilmarnock at Ibrox on Saturday. The Light Blues could now fall 10 points behind the Scottish Premiership leaders on Sunday.
There may not have been too many positives for Gerrard to take from the contest. But Grezda's first appearance since December provided reason for encouragement.
The Albania international replaced Candeias at half-time after the Portuguese once again struggled to make an impact. And while Gerrard praised Grezda on his return, he conceded that the man he replaced did not have the best afternoon.
“I thought he did well," he told the club's official website when asked about Grezda. "To be fair to Daniel [Candeias] I think he is running on empty at the moment, so I wanted to change that area of the pitch to see if we could get something from the right-hand side, and to be fair, he stood up, he was counted and he tried his best and he kept pushing."
With Candeias looking somewhat short of his best for a little while now, it is perhaps surprising that Gerrard decided to hand him a start against Killie in the first place. Grezda may not be ready to start just yet, but the Rangers boss had options that could have led to Candeias getting a break.
The international break will have probably come at the perfect time for the 31-year-old. He has already made 45 appearances in all competitions this term, so the chance to take it easy for a few days may be extremely beneficial.
And with Grezda making his first appearances in almost three months, Gerrard will be hoping that the summer signing will be itching to get some more minutes under his belt ahead of the trip to Celtic.
Have something to tell us about this article?