Steven Gerrard’s rant: The Rangers manager was not happy with his side’s performance after 2-1 win over St Johnstone.
The Rangers manager has had a fair share of viral incidents over the course of his managerial tenure at Rangers.
With a 2-1 win over St Johnstone, Rangers have climbed up to 2nd position in the Scottish Premiership, and remain only a point behind Celtic.
However, Steven Gerrard was unsatisfied with his side’s performance. Rangers were 1-0 down at halftime, and Gerrard stated that he gave a brutally ‘honest’ opinion about what he thought of the performance in the dressing room.
The side, however, made a strong comeback as forward Alfredo Morelos continued on his stunning form this season, scoring a brace for Rangers. Morelos has now scored 11 goals in the league, and 19 across all competitions this season.
This is what Gerrard had to say:
Steven Gerrard’s rant:
The Rangers manager lashed out at his side for their disappointing display in the first half. “That’s not a Rangers team or showing in that first half,” Gerrard said.
The players were booed by their own supporters at halftime, and Steven Gerrard agreed with their sentiments. “They were quite within their rights to boo even louder because that wasn’t acceptable,” he said.
However, the fans reacted angrily to a line from the interview, which, according to them, was disrespectful to St Johnstone.
“We shouldn’t have to work that hard to win at places like this, with all due respect,” Gerrard told BT Sports.
“We shouldn’t have to work that hard to win at places like this, with all due respect.”
“They were the ones who looked like they fancied a title race.”
Steven Gerrard’s honesty and no nonsense approach is becoming a staple of his management style…
Telling it how it is 👊 pic.twitter.com/0wa69xrjVJ
— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) December 23, 2018
While many praised the former Liverpool man for his honest assessment of the game, many took offence for his arrogance.
I don’t think I’ve heard him be respectful in any of his interviews! Perfect fit for that horrible club!
— Greg Smith (@Greg183) December 23, 2018
“Places like this”. Dreadful stuff, he’s well suited to Rangers
— Tom Simpson (@prestwicktom) December 23, 2018
No disrespect? – nothing but disrespect from Gerrard once again!
— StMiley (@StMiley) December 23, 2018
He shows so much disrespect to every team in the league. What’s so special about his 6 year old club that they should be winning “at places like this”???
— Colin Redmond (@ColinRedmond78) December 23, 2018
Just hope we never have to see him do this as a Liverpool manager.Sounds like a Sunday league manager
— Rı¢ħ Høмıe Jυαи (@frocjohn) December 23, 2018
All this crying in the comments, but he’s not wrong 🤷♂️
— Koda (@KodaK203) December 23, 2018
Following the outrage from fans, Gerrard apologized to St Johnstone, and insisted that the comments were taken the ‘wrong way.’
Steven Gerrard confirms Borna Barasic is out for a couple of weeks after a hamstring injury in the St Johnstone win.
He apologies to St Johnstone and Tommy Wright if any post-match comments where misunderstood.
He says they may get bids for Morelos but “he’s going nowhere”. pic.twitter.com/a946tCSQ23
— Superscoreboard (@ClydeSSB) December 24, 2018
“Some of my quotes were taking the wrong way, I have the utmost respect for St Johnstone and Tommy Wright, they were by far the better team yesterday in the first half,” he said.