Steven Gerrard has come out in full support of Ryan Jack after the midfielder was in tears following Sunday's Betfred Cup final defeat.

The Scotland cap was consoled by his manager after Celtic managed to sneak a 1-0 win at Hampden Park.

Jack was criticised by BBC pundit Tom English for his tears who claimed the "optics" were not good.

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But Gerrard has backed his player for showing the raw emotion on the whistle.

And he refused to apologise for his player's reaction because it showed he was hurting after a defeat.

Gerrard said: "At a club like Rangers you have to take the rough with the smooth, we are trying to create a real humble squad. 

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"After a disappointment, yes, you need to heal but the best part of this game is the chance to change the whole mood around the club. We are ready to go.

"People respond in different ways to a situation, players in my day got criticism for not showing emotion. 

"I will make no apologies for my player's reactions. 

"We show that we care for this club and all I care about is that my players recover from it and go again tomorrow."

Jamie Langfield also came out in defence of ex-teammate Jack as did former Rangers ace Charlie Adam.