Gerard Scott scoffs at ‘all-powerful rush’ to end Premiership season

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06 May 2020, 18:04 IST changed

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Rangers boss Steven Gerrard

Steven Gerrard believes there has been an unfair crowd in Scotland to wrap up the 2012-20 football season.

The Championship, League and O-League to-Table finals have been announced after 81 per cent of the country’s 42 senior clubs backed the Scottish Professional Football League (SPFL) plan.

Many of those teams feared for their future without money at the end of the season, although no final call was made to the top-flight premiership, where Gerrard’s Rangers were 13 points behind rivals Celtic at the summit but could still win the league mathematically.

Speaking to TalkSport, Liverpool Great said he had unfairly compared the process in Scotland to an attempt to restart the season amid England’s coronavirus epidemic.

“For myself – and I think the Rangers were all on the same page – all we wanted was to be given our best chance.”

“There was a different view from the Premier League and the EFL that they wanted to give every single chance to wait and play this season.

“We all know and respect the fact that it can turn into a stage where it’s impossible to happen. But we thought we had to finish it and get to the boats as soon as possible. The Almighty rushed there. That didn’t happen at all. Sit well.

“At Rangers we want to go back and forth to play and it becomes physically safe to do so, with respect to the situation we are in.

“Across Scotland, from top to bottom, so much football has to be played. Now now, I must always be biased because I am the Rangers manager and there is a 13-point gap, but I want to keep as much pressure as possible in the end.

“In other leagues, a lot of clubs had to play a lot more and we felt it was rushed to finish without the best chance of ending.”

Despite progressing to the last 16 of the Europa League, they lost 3-1 to Bayer Leverkusen in Ibrox in the final before the lockdown, breaking the form of the Rangers League in February.

It took Celtic by storm to their ninth title in a row and Gerard acknowledged there was room for improvement.

“We have come very close to success in the League Cup this year. We have had success in the Europa League but the league has been disappointing,” he added.

“Hopefully we can finish this season as soon as possible and then it’s my job to come up with answers and solutions as soon as possible to move on.”