Rangers "only have themselves to blame" after Motherwell fought back to claim a Premiership draw at Ibrox, says manager Steven Gerrard.
Fashion Sakala turned in a first-half opener for the hosts who unfurled last season's title-winning flag in front of a full house pre-match.
However, Kaiyne Woolery silenced the crowd after the break as the Fir Park side held on.
"It's two points dropped," Gerrard told Rangers TV.
"Box to box we played some outstanding stuff and we got there on numerous occasions, but our last pass, our final cross and taking our chances just wasn't there today.
"That for me was a three, four-nil game. When you don't get the second or third goal you leave yourself vulnerable at the back. We haven't defended one situation well in the second half and we've paid for that."
Rangers go top of the table by a single point ahead of Hibernian and Hearts as Motherwell stay fourth. However, the stalemate is the first time Steven Gerrard's men have dropped points at Ibrox in the league since a defeat to Hamilton in March 2020.
It looked like being an afternoon of celebration when striker Sakala headed in his first competitive goal.
The home side took the lead seconds after surviving a scare. Motherwell striker Tony Watt ran past Jack Simpson, picked up a long ball and rounded keeper Allan McGregor, only for the recovering Connor Goldson to make a crucial challenge.
Rangers bossed the second half as they did the first and Motherwell goalkeeper Liam Kelly continued to rack up saves, the one on the hour mark from Tavernier's drive following a short corner particularly spectacular. Then came the shock equaliser.
Mark O'Hara broke into the Rangers box from a Kevin Van Veen pass and, although Goldson put in a tackle, the ball broke to Woolery and he got in front of Borna Barisic to sweep the ball high past McGregor from 12 yards.
It was the Fir Park men's first shot on target and left Rangers desperately trying to recover their lead. Juninho Bacuna came on to make his debut in the 75th minute, replacing Sakala, with Alfredo Morelos and Scott Arfield also thrown on.
They failed to make a difference even with six added minutes as Rangers toiled in their search of a winner.
Motherwell themselves would have gone top of the table with a win but Graham Alexander's side will be more than happy with their point.
What did they say?
Motherwell manager Graham Alexander: "We wanted to carry the game to Rangers and I'm delighted that we've managed to come back from 1-0 to get something.
"We also understood that we'd need to be incredibly disciplined.
Rangers host Livingston in the League Cup quarter-final on Wednesday (19:45 BST), while Motherwell welcome Ross County on Saturday (15:00) on league duty.