Steven Gerrard insists he will move away as head of the Rangers before throwing in the towel in the Scottish Premiership title race.
Boss Light Blues saw his team drop 10 points behind champions eight in a row and bitter rivals from Celtic after a 2-1 defeat at Kilmarnoock on Wednesday.
Gerrard’s Gers have lost eight points in just six league games since returning from the winter break after losing only five out of 19 games in the first half of the season.
The 39-year-old has admitted that the pressure is now on as he tries to avoid a second season without trophies in his first senior manager job, but is more hungry than ever to win the club’s first big trophy in nine years.
Gers, who will face a draw of the last 32 in the Europa League against Braga and a quarter-final of the Scottish Cup at Hearts this month, still has a game in hand on the Hoops.
And they can cut the gap up to seven points with a win over Livingston at the Ibrox today before Neil Lennon’s side side over Pittodrie for tomorrow’s lunch start against Aberdeen.
But with midweek games, in which Celtic beat Hearts 5-0 in Parkhead while Gers was reaching a last minute goal in Ayrshire, seen as crucial in the title race Gerrard firmly refuses to give up.
The former Liverpool skipper said: “If I give something while this badge is on my chest, I will take it off and get out and get in the car. It’s that simple.
“Setbacks as a player have always given me the opportunity to react, improve and demonstrate to people who were wrong. I expect my players to do the same. As a manager, it makes me even more determined.
“If I go racing to win six, I will still be hungry as if I had a race of six who are indifferent. I’ve always been hungry for this.
“The message for the fans is: I’m working on it and I will do everything I can to make them smiling and happy again. I understand perfectly how the fans feel and where they are now.
“But football changes very quickly and I believe that as a group – players and staff – we can make the fans happy in the short, medium or long term and when we understand it, it will be pleasant.
“I told the players that our fans never choose and never choose. There are wind, rain, hail, snow, Austria, Russia, Dubai.
“Some have days when they don’t support us and support us and we don’t like them, but this is a normal fan but without a doubt we have to make them happy, if they deserve it.
“We have made progress. Sometimes players have crossed the limit this season and sometimes surprised us. The progression is good, it is positive, but sometimes it is not enough.
“Is hard? No. This is reality. This is Ranger. This is what I have to live with. This is what I signed up for and it’s perfect.
“I didn’t think for a minute that it would always be fantastic and I would go home with a smile on my face all the time.
“I knew there would be times when the heat would be on, the pressure would be on. Periods in which I have more thoughts to do and perhaps it is not as pleasant as the times when everything is fine.
“It’s a surprise for the rehearsals of the first six months, but at the beginning of the season I didn’t think we would be consistent from start to finish and that we would have won everything.
“I have to accept that I will be judged and measured (against Celtic) independently (of the budget). But of course other teams are also improving their situation and have a plan to fight other teams.
“The teams up there that compete for trophies in any league always try to move the goalposts, even when they are successful. The challenge here will never be easier. If anything, it will get harder.
“The first thing I do is analyze myself and my staff in terms of what we can do better. We are looking at every street that comes to your mind.
“There is a part of me that thinks” Are we analyzing it too much? Is it just a sticky patch with one or two players who can’t? Are the individual mistakes costing us? ‘
“Six weeks ago, we won in the toughest venue in the championship. I wouldn’t be surprised if we go to give Braga a good two-legged match and show everyone again that we’re a good team, but we have to accept where we are, take responsibility and try to resurrect. “