Days after a defeat that saw them slip 10 points behind Celtic in the Premiership table, Steven Gerrard has sent a title warning to his Glasgow rivals.
Rangers’ fortunes have turned very quickly this season. Heading into the winter break, they were looking like genuine challengers to Celtic’s Scottish crown and bringing an end to their eight-year long rule over the league. Two dominant performances against Neil Lennon’s side saw them gain an advantage over their Glasgow rivals, were winning their game in hand would see them overtake the Hoops in the table.
Their form has been disastrous since returning from the break though. Following defeats at the hands of Hearts and Kilmarnock combined with a draw at Ibrox against Aberdeen has seen them drop 8 points over the last 5 games, leaving them 10 points behind Celtic.
With 12 games left to play, it will take a monumental effort from Gerrard’s side to even make this title race a close one. And following the defeat at Kilmarnock that saw them concede two late goals in what can only be described as crumbling under the pressure, the Rangers manager’s comments seemed to suggest that he had almost given up on the season.
Just days later though and he is back to his old ways, sending title challenges left, right and centre. Referring to his past comments, Gerrard told BBC:
“Am I allowed to criticise my players? Is that not my job? So what’s the problem?” Gerrard said.
“What would you have thought of me if I had said after the game, ‘there is no problem here, it’s all fine’?
“We’re in a club where we need proper people that are prepared to win and to accept responsibility and accountability. That’s what I want to do as a manager.
“Under my watch no-one will be giving anything up or conceding anything. We will continue to fight.”
The Liverpool legend will known that there is no space for mistake left for Rangers anymore. Even beating Celtic twice more might not end up winning them the title. As a result, they can’t afford even on more slip up. Unfortunately, they might too much to ask considering their manager’s history will slips!