Steven Gerrard suggests Celtic result motivated Rangers

Steven Gerrard head coach of Rangers reacts during the UEFA Europa League group G match between Villarreal CF and Rangers at Estadio de la Ceramica on September 20, 2018 in Vila-real, Spain

Steven Gerrard’s Ibrox club Glasgow Rangers won on Sunday, while Brendan Rodgers’s Celtic lost.

Steven Gerrard head coach of Rangers looks on prior to the UEFA Europa League group G match between Villarreal CF and Rangers at Estadio de la Ceramica on September 20, 2018 in Vila-real,...Rangers manager Steven Gerrard

Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has suggested to The Scottish Sun that Celtic’s defeat motivated the Ibrox team on Sunday.

Ibrox club Rangers hammered St. Johnstone 5-1 at home in the Scottish Premiership on Sunday afternoon.

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James Tavernier, Alfredo Morelos, Scott Arfield, Kyle Lafferty and Daniel Candeias scored the goals for the Gers.

Rangers’ win against St. Johnstone followed Old Firm rivals Celtic’s 2-1 defeat to Kilmarnock away from home at Rugby Park in the Scottish Premiership earlier on Sunday.

On Saturday afternoon, league leaders Heart of Midlothian were held to a goalless draw by Livingston.

Gerrard has suggested that Celtic and Hearts’ slip-ups motivated Rangers to pick up all three points against St. Johnstone.

 

“The results over the weekend – not just Celtic, but Hearts as well – gave us a bit of a spring in our step,” Gerrard told The Scottish Sun.

“When we are presented with opportunities like that we have to make sure we’re ready to pounce. That’s especially if we’re off the top.

“Any time someone above us drops points we have to capitalise on that and I thought we did.”

Steven Gerrard, Manager of Rangers gives instructions during the UEFA Europa League Group G match between Villarreal CF and Rangers at Estadio de la Ceramica on September 20, 2018 in...

Title race

Hearts remain at the top of the Scottish Premiership table, but Rangers are only five points behind them.

Gerrard’s side are playing well at the moment and are in brilliant form, and the easy signs suggest that the Ibrox club are going to fight for the league title until the very end.

Celtic’s recent disappointing form has also given encouragement to the likes of Rangers and Hearts regarding the Scottish Premiership title race.

Steven Gerrard head coach of Rangers reacts during the UEFA Europa League group G match between Villarreal CF and Rangers at Estadio de la Ceramica on September 20, 2018 in Vila-real, Spain

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