Liverpool U23s humiliate Steven Gerrard’s Rangers in emphatic first half showing

Glasgow Rangers boss Steven Gerrard is reportedly livid at some of his senior players after an abject display against Liverpool’s U-23 side in a closed-door friendly. 

Neil Critchley’s side were 4-0 ahead after 45 minutes and forced the ex-Liverpool captain to blast some of his fringe players.

Speaking to Rangers TV (via Liverpool Echo), he was withering in his assessment of a few first-team players who were afforded game time against Liverpool and insists that he learnt more about them in 90 minutes than he did in the entire season :

“It was a very useful game. I probably learned more in that 90 minutes about the players than I have done all season because it was a game of two halves.”

Adding further, Gerrard spoke about the merits of playing a friendly at this time of the year:

“Well I think it’s a few different reasons really, the first was to give people game-time who haven’t played as much. We want to try and keep them as sharp and as fit as possible for the run-in.

“And the other reason was to have a look at some young talent that had been doing really well in the Reserves or the 18s and give them an opportunity to be around the first-team lads and see how they can cope playing against good players at Ibrox.

Gerrard was clearly miffed at his team’s first-half performance but it was partially assuaged by an encouraging second-half showing, reportedly clawing back the deficit to square the tie 4-4.

The Glasgow side was in the reckoning for the Scottish Premiership for long periods this season but Celtic’s dramatic up-swing alongside Rangers’ patchy form of late has handed the initiative back to their cross-town rivals.