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Gerrard’s reaction to Lafferty absence is a great sign of character

Gerrard’s reaction to Lafferty absence is a great sign of character

Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has responded positively to the news that the club will be without striker Kyle Lafferty this weekend. 

The Northern Irishman has been prevented from playing by the Irish FA, after pulling out of his international fixture during the break.

The Scottish giants face Hamilton tomorrow, in what is a hugely important game for the Glasgow club’s season. They need this win in order to keep the pressure on the teams ahead of them in the table.

This is what Gerrard had to say about the situation in the club’s press conference:

This is the perfect attitude from Gerrard, which will go a long way at the club. He has not bemoaned the Irish FA’s decision, but has simply got on with the news and looked ahead at his prospects.

The fact that he says this is an opportunity for another player is another sign of a good manager. Struggling managers tend to find excuses and things to moan about even before a ball has been kicked, but that doesn’t seem to be the case here.

This sort of attitude will resonate with the players and fill them with confidence, as he clearly has not been shaken by the news.

Rangers currently sit in sixth place in the Scottish Premiership, but with this sort of attitude, they are only going to climb up the table.

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