Rangers boss Steven Gerrard has called upon the SPFL to help out the Ibrox club and Celtic.
The Englishman is unhappy about the Glasgow sides being forced to play early kick-offs just days after tough Europa League fixtures. He’s called upon the league’s governing body to try and help both sides in the adjustment between European and domestic football.
Rangers face St. Johnstone this Sunday at 12:15pm while Neil Lennon’s Champions host Kilmarnock at the slightly later time of 1pm.
The early kick-offs are due to the Edinburgh derby being televised live at 3pm, but Gerrard thinks more should be done to help out the Europa League representatives.
“We are not complaining,” claimed the Ibrox boss. (BBC)
“It is the way it is. But they go the other way and make them earlier.
“Certainly for us and Celtic, you would like to think that our own league would help us in terms of kick-off times.
“I probably haven’t been up here long enough to maybe bring that up – but it is not good, is it?
“You are kicking off at eight o’clock on a Thursday night and your players, the adrenaline, can’t get to sleep until three or four o’clock in the morning – and then our league, who are supposed to be our governing body who help us, go and agree a kick-off time at 12:15 on Sunday.”
Gerrard is clearly getting worried about the Celtic lead
The Liverpudlian just seems to be moaning about everything at present so maybe he should take a look at his beloved English Premier League. Their organisers have Wolves and Manchester United both playing at 2pm on Sunday, just marginally later than Rangers.
The kick-offs really have little relevance to anything going on. If Gerrard is wanting to kick up a storm over the sake of a few extra recovery hours then that’s his prerogative.
But both Celtic and Rangers will be playing after similar rest periods so there really is no advantage to either team. Smaller sides in the league would also argue that Gerrard has the ability to field a whole new XI following midweek games so perhaps he should just get on with it and stop moaning.
He’s clearly getting a little bit worried given the Gers are already chasing us at the top of the league. You wonder what state he’ll be in if we stretch our gap beyond three points this weekend.