Alex McLeish: Gerrard was trying to get more from attackers v Celtic
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Alex McLeish watched the Rangers v Celtic game at Ibrox and he said that Steven Gerrard was “shouting” at his players during the Old Firm clash and looking to get more from his attackers.
He said it worked as well, with the Rangers full-backs getting into more attacking positions in the 4-1 win.
Mcleish was at Ibrox for the game that was Celtic’s last chance to get a win over Rangers this season.
He said that with the lack of fans you could hear the players and Steven Gerrard issuing orders throughout the game.
Talking exclusively to Ibrox News Mcleish said of the empty stadium experience, “It was absolutely surreal.
“Obviously on TV you get the crowd noises and I think they’ve got that working really well now after some initial hiccups.
“It’s completely different in the stadium. The players seem to have got used to playing in those conditions. Some players it will help, certainly the away teams.
“I had the privilege of watching it in a box at Ibrox and it was a good game, it was an open game.
“It was end-to-end and Celtic were aggressive and Rangers matched them in attack.
“Rangers took the lead and Celtic equalised straight away which gave Rangers a shock but in the end, they were very, very worthy winners.
“You could hear the players shouting out loud, even Steven Gerrard. He was shouting instructions and you can hear that across the stadium.
“You could hear that Gerrard was trying to organise the team, deal with defensive aberrations and get more from his attackers.
“That was pretty significant and the full-backs started getting in good positions and there was some real quality going into the box from some good positions.”
This game really highlighted Rangers’ dominance this season and it was another step closer to an Invincibles season.