The Dutchman said: "If one wants to applaud, they must applaud the club and all the players, but it is a difficult time, we have not achieved what we wanted, and if there are whistles, they will also be for me because I am part of the group.
"There is no one who deserves applause more than others, we are all in the same boat and I do not want to be an exception in that sense."
Rijkaard also defended Barca president Joan Laporta over this season's trophyless campaign.
He added: "Frankly, I am not the person to blame anyone. I assume my responsibility. What I can say is that perhaps there is too much 'president' talk - the president cannot get onto the pitch and score goals."