Steven Gerrard admits Rangers have only got themselves to blame for not finishing off their Europa League opener with Shkupi.
The new Light Blues boss needed a stoppage-time penalty from skipper James Tavernier to give his side some breathing space ahead of next Tuesday’s return with the Macedonians as they battled to a 2-0 first-leg win.
Jamie Murphy opened the scoring for Rangers midway through the first half but Josh Windass, Alfredo Morelos and Connor Goldson were all guilty of big misses that could have made the affair a whole lot more comfortable.
Tavernier’s last-gasp spot-kick did at least ease concerns the Light Blues were set for a repeat of last season’s shock first-round exit to Luxembourg minnows Progres Niederkorn.
But Gerrard confessed improvements need to be made after an underwhelming start to his managerial career.
The former Liverpool and England midfielder said: “I think we are satisfied with the result and parts of the performance. But I don’t think it’s any better than satisfactory.
“There is still a lot of work to do and we are still in a game. We have to make sure we perform when we go out there.
“I thought we should have won it more comfortably if we were a bit sharper in front of goal. We take 2-0 but I’m slightly disappointed we didn’t win it more comfortably.
“I felt we should have had the game done by the time we got the second goal with the chances we created. They were very good chances.
“Maybe if you’re being over-critical you probably say we have to sharpen up in front of goal and maybe we will have to blame ourselves for not putting the complete tie to bed tonight.”