Glasgow Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has slammed Standard Liege’s lack of “class and humility” following their Europa League clash on Thursday.
Gerrard slams Standard staff
The ‘Gers started their Europa League group stage campaign with a 2-0 win away in Belgium, meaning they have now gone 15 games unbeaten in all competitions this term. James Tavernier scored the opener before Kemar Roofe netted a stunning goal in injury time to complete the victory.
The latter’s celebration after his tremendous strike did not go down well with Liege’s staff and a scuffle broke out as a result. Gerrard was far from impressed with the Belgian side’s behaviour, saying:
“I can’t control what comes our way from that. I don’t think I’d describe it as ugly. I think it’s too harsh. I think it was a little something or nothing.
“They were disappointed in Kemar’s celebration. OK but Kemar was punished for that and that’s for me to deal with and for me to handle.
“They are obviously very frustrated that they have been beaten for the first time in six years on their home patch.
“It’s not nice to lose a football match, especially when you’re the favourites to win them. We can understand the frustrations but it was disappointing. We thought it could have been avoided.
“I think that’s the problem when you get a couple of their staff members who get over-excited and don’t handle themselves with class and humility.”
Gerrard has a point
Obviously, Liege were frustrated at losing at home in the first match of the European season, but that does not excuse their behaviour following Roofe’s goal. Yes, the 27-year-old was perhaps slightly over-exuberant in his celebration, but he had just scored what was arguably the best goal of his career.
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There was really no need for such a situation to break out after what had been a hard-fought match between the two sides, and it unfortunately puts a little bit of a dampener on what was an important victory for the 54-time Scottish champions. Hopefully tensions do not boil over when Liege go to Ibrox for the return fixture.
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