Steven Gerrard admits regret to Gary Neville over Celtic Park moment that badly backfired on rivals
Former Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has admitted he regrets his over the top celebrations at Celtic Park in December 2019.
The Ibrox side managed to come away with a 2-1 victory at Paradise in a crucial derby. Gerrard went wild with his celebrations, screaming into the Sky Sports cameras.
It moved them to within two points of Celtic at the time – they hadn’t even gone top of the league.
And the Aston Villa boss has told Gary Neville on The Overlap YouTube show: “There was once where we beat Celtic at Celtic Park. There had been a lot of mud flying in the media with pundits and ex-players, it’s not that I go and look for it.
“We won at Celtic Park and I was probably a bit over the top with my celebrations, on the pitch and with Neil Lennon, which I regret. But at the same time it’s like a constant wind-up from their side, all the success.
“I feel it. I’m emotional, I’m not perfect, but it’s something I’m working on and getting better at. Balance is important. You’ve got to enjoy the wins because they’re hard to get, and that’s the good part. But at the same time people are looking to me and that’s the reason it’s important to be balanced.”
After the winter break that followed, Rangers’ form in the Scottish Premiership collapsed with the Bhoys eventually moving a massive 13 points clear at the top of the table.
The pandemic halted the top flight with Celtic eventually crowned champions on a points-per-game basis following a vote by SPFL member clubs.
It made Gerrard’s Celtic Park celebrations ultimately look ridiculous, which is probably why he sounds embarrassed about it now.
He’s since departed to Aston Villa following the arrival of Ange Postecoglou, with Giovanni van Bronckhorst now left trailing behind the Bhoys with five games remaining in the 2021/22 campaign.