Former Celtic centre-back Erik Sviatchenko’s response to Steven Gerrard proves he’s a class above the Rangers manager.
Gerrard was out on Friday explaining his gesture to the Dane as Rangers knocked out Midtjylland in the Europa League qualifiers. The Rangers boss had a subtle dig at big Erik, and stated that he had been doing a lot of talking before the tie in Denmark (Daily Record).
Sviatchenko, however, appeared to be a tad perplexed at the response. Gerrard had apparently gestured towards him at the end of the game last week. It was something along the lines of “zip-it” if the media is to be believed.
However, Sviatchenko has hit back at Gerrard’s words on him. Speaking in the Daily Record, the Mitdjylland captain had this to say:
“Yes, he made a gesture that suggested, ‘You’re not so funny anymore’, or ‘You’re quiet now’ — something like that. I don’t know why he said that because my comments throughout have been respectful and I said nothing.
“They deserved the victories so we should just have shaken hands and moved on. All the best to Rangers as they were the much better team over the two legs.
“Celtic will bounce back, especially as Rangers appear to have something to say this season. I’m looking forward to watching it unfold. I hope they will go on and give everything to achieve nine-in-a-row and then the magical number 10. Hopefully they will reach this record. Call me when they win them!”
Sviatchenko’s response a class above Gerrard’s
Remember when Gerrard was all about not provoking opposition players? Oh wait, that only applies when it’s Scott Brown doesn’t it? (Sky Sports)
Big Erik’s response here oozes class. He gave the opposition total respect and congratulated them on their victory. The same can hardly be said of the Ibrox manager when he fails to win football matches (Scottish Sun).
It’s also interesting to note that the Rangers gaffer seems to have forgotten about his own captain. It’s not as if James Tavernier isn’t out every summer roaring about a title-challenge, is it?
The selective memory of our rivals continues to be a frustration, but it can no longer be a surprise. Gerrard has fitted in like a glove over there, and not in a good way. It’s a shame that such a fine former footballer has been brought down to their level.
Sviatchenko has come out of this war of words looking the classier man. Had it been the other way around, you can’t have expected the same response from Govan.
Hopefully, we can manage to give the Dane his wish and secure the glorious 10-in-a-row. With a bit of luck, he will even make it over for the celebrations! Of course, that’s if the Celtic board allow us to win them.