21 February 2019

Gerrard Talks Clarke Response In Thursday Presser

Manager Steven Gerrard commented on the ongoing Steve Clarke Consistency Conundrum that has engulfed Scottish football over the past few days.

Speaking at his Thursday press conference with the daily publications, Gerrard offered further clarity over Clarke's ever-shifting priorities and narratives around the sectarian abuse lobbed at one of his players at the weekend and the similar treatment he received at Wednesday's Scottish Cup replay at Ibrox.

“It’s happened in the last four or five days to Steve and his players," the Gers boss said. "There was stuff said at Kilmarnock v Celtic as well at the weekend but Steve didn’t want to really speak about the abuse that Boydy got at the weekend.

“But obviously he’s decided to speak about it on Wednesday night."

Gerrard further commented on Rangers' stance around what happened during the replay: “I respect Steve’s opinion but all I can say is as a club we don’t support any unacceptable behaviour from the terraces.

"We want it out, whatever kind of abuse it is we don’t want it. Homophobic, racial, religion, we don’t want it and we don’t support it.

“The club made a statement on it and made that very clear. The majority are doing their best to eradicate it but I don’t think you can tar every supporter with the same brush.

“We had nearly 40,000 fans at that game. There’s a lot of praise to go to our supporters too. They got behind the team and the players treated them to a very important result."

Of course, that result, including four goals from the best player in Scotland, has been shunted to the side in the effort to pursue Clarke's shifting goals of eradicating sectarian songs from the stands. The usual tide of selective outrage followed from the usual characters in the aftermath of the 5-0 win for Rangers.

“Unfortunately there were a minority there and we will try to eradicate that from our support," Gerrard continued. "I wasn’t aware of this until I got home.

“I had a beer with Steve after the game and he was his normal self. We spoke about football, about the game and upcoming fixtures. I wasn’t aware of what he had said in his press conference so it was a surprise to me when I got home. But obviously I respect his feelings.

“Steve’s said what he’s said and the club had made a statement. I support them on that."

Gerrard went on to make the kind of sensible comments you would expect from a reasonable adult, not someone hoping to deflect from getting turned over five-nil.

"Whether it’s chants, coin-throwing or anything that does not belong in football, we want it out. Individuals and small minorities at certain stadiums let themselves down unfortunately. That’s not just in this league.

“I’ve had experience of it before. Of late there’s been different kind of abuse in football matches and as a football family we should all be trying to eradicate it from the terraces because it’s unacceptable. I’ve got confidence in the club that they’ll be doing everything they can to try help get rid of it."

And he shared his own measured and sensical response to handling abuse from the stands.

“I’ve had it since I was 18. I just echo what Boydy said at the weekend, as long as it’s not
physical I’m okay with it.

“I’m not going to react to any abuse but I’ve had it quite a bit. I don’t want it, I don’t welcome it but it’s fine, no problem. I just get on with it.”

As per, you can wait and see what papers go with what intentionally misleading headlines in order to distort what Gerrard actually said.