Usually, when a manager wins a game to send their side top of the league it’s all smiles afterwards. Not with Steven Gerrard, though. The ex-Liverpool and England captain had a strong message after his side’s 1-0 win over Hamilton, as he brushed away ‘top of the league’ comments and complained about his side’s lack of killer instinct.
— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) 16 December 2018
Whilst on the face of things, Gerrard’s comments may look out of place, he’s absolutely right. The Gers went ahead against Hamilton thanks to an early Daniel Candeias strike but then failed to add to that despite the fact they could easily have found themselves two or three goals in front after just ten minutes given the quality of the chances they produced.
That’s exactly where their gaffer’s comments about a killer instinct have come from. Gerrard’s side may have taken the top spot with their win seeing as Celtic faltered away at Hibs earlier that day, but the win wasn’t enough to please Gerrard and he’d have preferred it if his side had killed off their opponents on what was a frustrating day for both the fans and the gaffer at Ibrox.
You can read the Gers’ verdict on Gerrard’s comments here:
Spot on from Gerrard. Please don’t tinker too much in next couple of weeks. Bar Morelos for Lafferty I’d go same again as we controlled the game today without killing it.
— Bear from the North (@Northernger) December 16, 2018
love how he doesn't mince his words. he tells it like it is.
— ᒪᎥᗩᗰ (@LiamWATP) December 16, 2018
This is 100% the attitude needed being top in December means nothing if we arent going to continue on
— John Jamieson (@jaj9soccer) December 16, 2018
Gerrard always says how it is. He and like rest of us. Knows we need to be in a similar league position after the 29th going into the break and recruit some quality attackers
— Allan (@AllanRFC_) December 16, 2018
He’s under no illusion about his team
— Suffolk&Doddle (@Royar73) 16 December 2018
He gets it
— Wirral Ranger (@WirralRanger) December 16, 2018
Honest as always
— Goonie (@weerab78) December 16, 2018
Calls it absolutely spot on
— Tom McVey (@tmcvey077) December 16, 2018
We need an answer to getting this killer instinct. Not troubling keepers from 21 corners is the very problem we've had since getting back into the Premier league. Do we need to buy it in January, or work on it at training?
— Tex Thomson (@king0scots1) December 16, 2018
The Bluenoses will be confident that Gerrard can implement the killer touch they need, and will just hope that he can instill it in his players sooner rather than later with the Old Firm looming between Christmas and New Year.