Steven Gerrard admits continued failure in big games could see him sacked by Rangers.
Rangers were beaten 1-0 by Aberdeen in the Betfred Cup semi-final at Hampden Park on Sunday.
Liverpool legend Gerrard took full responsibility but issued a fierce warning to his players that they will be replaced if they are not up to the level required.
Rangers have lost just twice in the Scottish Premiership this season and are on course to qualify for the knockout stage of the Europa League.
But Gerrard accepts he will be out of a job if his side cannot deliver results on the biggest of occasions.
"If we keep suffering setbacks and results like that moving forward, I am not going to be here. You have to be blunt. It is cut-throat, that is the way it is," he said.
"Don’t sign up for it, don’t come here if you are not prepared to cope with that responsibility and pressure. You shouldn’t be here."
Rangers return to action against Kilmarnock on Wednesday as they look to close the gap on leaders Hearts.
Ahead of Wednesday night’s match, Gerrard interrupted Jordan Rossiter’s press conference to deliver a brutal warning to his players.
"At a big club, we expect big players to step up on big occasions and provide big moments," he said.
"If that doesn’t happen, at any big club, the managers and the recruitment will find better players or players who will do that.
I watch closely and if they go into a shell then they’ve got a problem because you shouldn’t be at Rangers if you go into a shell. It is the wrong place.
"There have been too many players here of late that are prepared to go into that shell. We can’t have them round here. It can’t happen."
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