'Next level' - Gerrard details Old Firm differences that sets derby on its own
Steven Gerrard has detailed the unrivalled ‘intensity and pressure’ that the Old Firm brings after the Rangers boss was asked to compare it to the Merseyside derby.
The former Liverpool captain has experienced it all in football and has been involved in numerous Merseyside Derby clashes with Everton that have regularly reached boiling point.
However Gerrard says nothing compares to the Old Firm fixtures.
Speaking to the Daily Mail, Gerrard was asked to compare it to the Merseyside Derby, saying: “It has similarities but when you think about media and build-up and what goes on around an Old Firm, it’s a different level.
“The Merseyside derbies were fantastic and were my favourite game as a player. I used to love the intensity of playing at Goodison but when you are in the middle of an Old Firm and you feel the build up and the intensity and the pressure and the responsibility, home or away, it’s next level.”
Gerrard’s Old Firm record stands up tall with five wins and four losses from nine games.
Easy as 1-2-3 for Gerrard and co
There’s no wonder Gerrard relishes the Old Firm clashes after an impressive recent record in them.
Rangers have won the last three meetings between the sides with an aggregate of 5-1 showing the turning of the tables in Scotland.
The Light Blues are currently 23 points ahead at the top of the Premiership with less than half of the season remaining and look well on course to cruise to an early title parade after going unbeaten after their first 26 games.
Celtic, meanwhile, are in absolute freefall having been dumped unceremoniously out of the Europa League group while they have won just once in their last six games.
They were actually on a run of six successive victories coming into the New Year before the Gers put them in their place with a 1-0 Ibrox victory on January 2.
Gerrard and his charges have shown they can handle the pressure that swirls around Old Firms and are flexing their superiority over their rivals on the road to 55.
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