I will rather win the league for Rangers – Steven Gerrard. Ranger are possibly only six games from finishing just the fourth unbeaten first class association crusade in Scottish football history.
If they somehow happened to win every one of the six of those installations, getting going at Celtic Park on Sunday noon, they would likewise approach the record focuses count of 106 for a 38-match season set by their Old Firm adversaries under Brendan Rodgers four years prior.
With the title previously got, the essential target for Steven Gerrard and his players has been accomplished.
However, while he concedes staying undefeated in the Premiership would be an extra and huge achievement for Rangers, he demands that after leaving the Europa League on Thursday night their need for the leftover months of the mission is currently to attempt to win the Scottish Cup interestingly since 2009.
Steven Gerrard celebrates with Borna Barisic after Rangers’ 2-1 win at Celtic Park on December 29, 2019. (Photo by Alan Harvey / SNS Group)
“Winning football matches is the main motivation,” said the Rangers manager. “If we can go from now until the end of the season unbeaten, of course it would be a wonderful achievement.
“It would be fantastic. But it’s not the priority. The priority is the next game and trying to win that game at Celtic Park.
“It’s a tough game and a tough place to go but we’ll be ready to go there and give it what we need to give to try and win that game.
Steven Gerrard with then Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers before his first Old Firm game in charge of Rangers in September 2018. (Photo by Alan Harvey/SNS Group).
“At that point we will inhale and prepare for the other post-split association apparatuses which we don’t have the foggiest idea when they’re coming out and when they’ll be.
“Yet, when they get reported, we’ll get ready in the most ideal way we can to stay as steady as possible.
“The need now however, which will not be a shock to anybody, is the Scottish Cup. The primary concern we can be decided on here at Rangers is achievement and winning prizes.
“On the off chance that I had the decision, it is have a fruitful disagreement the Scottish Cup instead of this ‘strong’ tag or going the rest of the period unbeaten. We will attempt it and we will utilize it as an inspiration yet the need is the Scottish Cup at this moment.”
No dread of Celtic Park
Sunday will see Gerrard assume responsibility for Rangers in an Old Firm installation for the tenth time since his landing in the Ibrox club in the late spring of 2018.
Having lost on his initial two visits to Celtic Park, he has regulated triumphs in the following two excursions across the city on Old Firm business and is delighted by the improvement in his group’s mindset when they go into the most difficult installation on their homegrown timetable.
“There is a finished move as far as the mentality from my first Old Firm game,” added Gerrard.
“I have recently tended to where we were at that point. You could feel as a supervisor we most likely weren’t prepared to win an Old Firm game.
“We proceeded to contend well against Brendan’s group that day (in September 2018) yet there were times of that game, particularly in the main half, when they ruled us with the ball.
“You could check there was as yet a dread factor there from past outcomes and experience. It planned to require some investment and there would have been an interaction before we got to the correct level where we could contend head-on.
“Presently we accept we’re by then where it doesn’t make any difference where the Old Firm game is, we will go in with conviction and a correct decent possibility of getting the outcome and the result we need.
“Dominating Old Firm matches is greater than your typical three focuses in light of the fact that on the rear of a success comes a ton of conviction and certainty.
“It gives a ton of nice sentiment, a wonderful inclination since it is the primary apparatus – there is no moving away from that.
“Be that as it may, throughout the span of a mission, you can’t get fixated just with this installation since you clearly need to perform reliably against the wide range of various adversaries – which we have done this season.”
“It gives a ton of positive sentiment, a wonderful inclination since it is the fundamental installation – there is no moving away from that.
“Be that as it may, throughout the span of a mission, you can’t get fixated just with this installation since you clearly need to perform reliably against the wide range of various rivals – which we have done this season.”
Worry for Kamara
Gerrard will evaluate the state of mind of Glen Kamara and a portion of his different parts in the consequence of the supposed bigoted maltreatment of the midfielder by Slavia Prague safeguard Ondrej Kudela on Thursday before he chooses his group for Celtic Park.
The Rangers manager uncovered he would have sponsored Kamara on the off chance that he had needed to stroll off the contribute following the occurrence the 2-0 loss at Ibrox.
“As a supervisor in the present circumstance, your normal nature is to address the player in question and get a guide from him with regards to what he needs me to do,” said Gerrard.
“Anything Glen desired me to do, I would give 100% help and sponsorship.
“Having addressed him after the game, he said he wasn’t thinking directly as far as settling on that choice. He needed to see the game out. We chose to go with that.
“In the event that I was placed in the other circumstance where the player would not like to continue or the group would not like to continue, I’d give them a similar degree of help.
“Regarding how much force every choice makes, it’s hard to check. It’s a truly disappointing circumstance I’m actually stunned by it. Pushing ahead, I must be whatever help I can be for my players.”
Tavernier update and Jack a Scotland question
Gerrard will in any case be without skipper James Tavernier and midfielder Ryan Jack on Sunday, with the last now an uncertainty for Scotland’s approaching World Cup qualifiers.
“On the off chance that everything moves well in the following week to ten days, James ought to be back after the global break,” said Gerrard. “The equivalent with Ryan Jack.
“The solitary uncertainty for Sunday is Nathan Patterson who was eliminated on Thursday night after he took a truly weighty kick in the calf zone. He’s actually got an opportunity and he hasn’t been precluded however he’s a major uncertainty at the present time.”