Steven Gerrard shouldered full responsibility for the latest Hampden heartache to afflict Rangers.
After losing his first cup semi-final as manager of Rangers, Steven Gerrard appeared initially reluctant to leave the blame at his players' door.
Aberdeen midfielder Lewis Ferguson headed home the late victor at Hampden against a Rangers side that had only one of 15 shots on target. Familial pride must have collided with deep-dyed affiliation in households connected to the goal scorer, who is the son of former Rangers midfielder, Derek, and nephew of a former Ibrox captain, Barry.
"When we do get to this stage again, hopefully we'll have better players in the final third who can go and take us that step further. We knew it was going to be tough because Hearts have started the season very well", Rodgers said.
Gerrard added: "This one will hurt for a good while".
The Gers controlled large portions of the game and had 15 shots to Aberdeen's four, but were undone when a Lewis Ferguson header opened the scoring for the Dons.
A ludicrous thing to ask for when you take into account Celtic selling over 30,000 briefs for Murrayfield in the other semi-final.
"To be fair to Umar in the last two or three weeks he's shown signs and improvements", Gerrard said. We're not in a final and for a club like Rangers we need to be in finals. The Dons are hoping to take a big backing to the national stadium for December's Betfred Cup final.
"But what I'll assure everyone is that won't be our last semi-final". Whether it's enough, we'll have to judge that moving forward. "Our semi-final crowd has normally been what it was today, regardless of what was issued".