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.
#LFC U23’s played Rangers in a friendly behind closed doors yesterday.
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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.