Kris Commons appears to have hit out at Steven Gerrard for the comments he made regarding Greg Stewart following Rangers’ 5-0 demolition of Aberdeen at the weekend.
A brace from James Tavernier (via the penalty spot on both occasions), as well as goals from Stewart, Alfredo Morelos and Jermain Defoe, were enough to put the Light Blues within touching distance of Old Firm rivals Celtic in the Scottish Premiership on Saturday afternoon (BBC).
Commons appeared to take some offence by what Gerrard said following the game regarding the former Aberdeen man, beliving the manager was completely wrong in his assessment of the wide man.
Writing in his column for the Daily Mail, as relayed by the Daily Record, the former Celtic man wrote: “I found Gerrard’s post-match comments on Saturday a bit strange, given how good Stewart had been and how key he had been to victory.
“He had admitted that Stewart had taken his chance, before then saying that the performance had ‘given me something to think about’.
“Sorry, but what is there to think about? The answer is staring Gerrard square in the face because, on that form, Stewart is his most creative player. As a player, I wouldn’t like to hear my manager saying something like that about me. It’s almost as if he’s saying: ‘Okay, so Greg’s part of my second string, but I might think about playing him more in the future’.
“Basically, it sounds as if Gerrard still isn’t fully convinced, which begs the question of why he chose to sign him in the first place? Stewart is far better than that. Look at the abundance of wide players at the club – Jordan Jones, Ryan Kent, Sheyi Ojo and Brandon Barker.
“Then there’s the likes of Glenn Middleton and Jake Hastie out on loan, with forgotten men like Jamie Murphy and Eros Grezda in the background. Rangers have stockpiled wide players.
“When he’s on top form, I’d take Stewart ahead of any of them. It’s time for Gerrard to show more trust and faith in him. After this performance on Saturday, the Rangers manager shouldn’t be speaking about him like he’s some kind of outcast.”
Indeed, Stewart appears very much to be on the fringes of Gerrard’s side at the moment and, although the manager is right to suggest he has something to think about, Commons also seems to have a rather valid point as well.
The Ibrox outfit may have plenty of wide options available to them, which would always make it difficult for a particular individual to be handed an opportunity, however the 29-year-old is a rather proven talent when it comes down to playing his football in the Scottish Premiership.
Although he has had a slow start to life at Rangers, Stewart managed to produce a goal and an assist in the demolishing of Aberdeen at the weekend, further highlighting just how good of an attacker he can be in the top-flight.
The winger has had 128 appearances so far across spells with the Light Blues, Dons, Dundee and Kilmarnock in the SPFL and has contributed with 34 goals and 38 assists (Transfermarkt).
Perhaps, with both Ryan Kent and Jordan Jones on the sidelines, Stewart will get more opportunities to play and prove to Gerrard he is more deserving of minutes – as he appears to have been starved with the 289 he has had to date.
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