Steven Gerrard has been advised to do one thing ahead of Rangers’ Old Firm derby encounter with Celtic on Sunday.
The Grand Auld Podcast spoke to Love Sport Radio ahead of one of Europe’s feistiest clashes, and said that the ex-Liverpool captain should focus his efforts on the Gers’ Europa League last 16 tie against Bayer Leverkusen on Thursday rather than the Old Firm derby.
Rangers welcome the Bundesliga side to Ibrox on Thursday, where they will be tasked with nullifying exquisite talents such as Kai Havertz and Leon Bailey – Gerrard’s men truly are the underdogs in this knockout tie.
As a result, The Grand Auld Podcast’s comments do have some logic, although doing as suggested would pose a huge risk for Gerrard.
The Grand Auld Podcast told Love Sport Radio: “If I was Rangers at the moment, I’d be putting all of my efforts into Thursday’s match against Bayer Leverkusen because effectively, the league is over from their perspective. Gerrard hasn’t said it but every interview he gives, his body language says it so the players are likely to think that too.”
The Rangers supporters on Twitter took aim at the former England international recently after he oversaw a 1-0 defeat to Hearts in the Scottish Cup quarter-final, basically ending any realistic hopes of winning a trophy this season unless something magical happens in the Europa League – one fan even said that they hope he quits!
So, if such a fierce reaction came after a defeat to Hearts, you can only imagine the type of criticism Gerrard would receive if he decided to throw a game as significant to the fanbase as the Old Firm derby.
We presume that the 39-year-old would be public enemy No.1 if he did such a thing, and while – as aforesaid – there is logic in focusing on the Leverkusen clash, Gerrard definitely shouldn’t follow this advice.
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