Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has today made his most laughable claim of the season yet.
As he looked ahead to his club’s match against Hearts on Wednesday night, he continued to reflect on Celtic’s 2-1 win over his side on Sunday.
Goals from Odsonne Edouard and James Forrest secured a massive success for the Hoops on the day. After dominating 60 minutes of the game, Celtic allowed Rangers back into the match with Ryan Kent taking advantage.
But in the end, Neil Lennon’s men got their act together and notched the winner before seeing the result out.
Yet, incredibly, Rangers boss Gerrard spoke today and explained that HIS side actually bossed the game for nearly an hour. Have a look at the video from PLZ Soccer from today’s press conference.
— PLZ Soccer (@PLZSoccer) April 2, 2019
In the clip, Gerrard says the following:
“The team were excellent without him (Alfredo Morelos) for 60 minutes against the best team in the league. So for 60 minutes without him and without another body, we proved we’re better than the best team in the league for 60 minutes or 55 minutes.”
The cracks are showing and it’s absolutely beautiful
This is it. This is the moment the real cracks are showing in Gerrard’s mask, and it’s an enthralling sight.
Let’s take the game in isolation and break down what actually happened. There’s absolutely no denying that Celtic bossed the opening 45 minutes. Scott Brown, Callum McGregor, and Olivier Ntcham ran over the Rangers midfield and were dominant.
For the first 15 of the second-half, that same pattern continued. Dedryck Boyata, Scott Sinclair, and Mikael Lustig all came close to grabbing a second in that period of play.
Yet, because Rangers had a 20 minute spell, and not for the first time, we’ve to pretend they dominated. Gerrard has simply plucked a number out of thin air. In reality, his side had a 20-minute cameo of decent attacking play without a shot on target outside of Kent’s goal.
It’s the kind of comment that proves he’s desperately trying to clutch onto anything to take from Sunday. Don’t let the facts get in the way of a good bit of staunchness though.
Gerrard is at the stage where he can feel Celtic slicing down his Rangers revolution. Yes, he’s landed a blow or two himself, but in the main, he’s been battered from pillar to post over the season. 13 points is a monumental lead at this stage of the season, and he’s been an absolute failure since coming here.
And you can tell he’s starting to know it himself.