Celtic star admits he wanted Rangers to reach Betfred Cup final

Posted November 01, 2018

After the Gers' 1-0 defeat by Aberdeen in the Betfred Cup semi-finals, Gerrard had pulled no punches, insisting he would recruit fresh blood if the current line-up continued to fail to deliver.

Gerrard was without his two top strikers in Alfredo Morelos and Kyle Lafferty on Sunday. We have a good record against them in finals in recent years.

The former Liverpool captain was blunt in his challenge to his players, stating that some might not get another chance at Hampden for his team. I signed a lot of the players so if anyone wants to point any fingers, point them my way.

Hearts now have a five-point cushion at the top of the SPL after a scintillating start to the season has seen them win eight of their opening ten games. "We'll recover. We will analyse, debrief and we hope some players self-reflect and we get a reaction".

"We have kept clean sheets against Hibs and Rangers in the cup and hopefully we can do the same against Celtic in the final".

On Tuesday, Rangers midfielder Jordan Rossiter was asked about what effect those comments had on the players.

"It's a warning", he said.

"We expect both sets of supporters will make it an occasion to remember and look forward to welcoming them to the national stadium in early December". If that doesn't happen, at any big club, the manager and recruitment find better players or players who will do that'.

Kilmarnock go into the Premiership game with a three-point and three-place advantage over their hosts and, for the Ibrox boss, a familiar face in former Liverpool assistant Steve Clarke. "And he's got a good team and good players".

"We took our chance when it came and were always a threat on the counter".

"It is squad game and Andy and I understand that it is all healthy competition".

Watching Gerrard speak as a manager is hugely impressive, as he draws from his experience at a top-level side as a player, as well as stamping his own imprint in his new role.