RANGERS VS HIBERNIAN REVIEW

Rangers have had a couple of mixed results in recent weeks winning 3 and drawing two of their last five matches in the League. These runs of results have not been helpful as eternal rivals Celtic have stretched the lead at the top of the table to eight points.

However, Rangers have the opportunity to reduce this gap to five points in the Friday match game away to 6th placed Hibernian. Hibs are coming off a 2-0 loss to Celtic in the Scottish Cupquarter-final and are expected to provide a sizeable threat for the Ibrox outfit.
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Celtic fight Rangers for Defoe

Celtic and Rangers are on high alert after striker Jermain Defoe was advised he is allowed to leave the Stadium of Vitality in this month. The 36-year-old previous England worldwide has shown up this season, with his solitary begins coming in the Carabao Cup rivalry. And keeping in mind that Cherries supervisor Eddie Howe has greeted Defoe’s demonstrable skill, he conceded that the previous Spurs and Sunderland forward isn’t probably going to unstick his favored aggressors.

As per reports, Celtic and Rangers have been keen on Defoe before, and the Glasgow competitors are both excited about supporting their assaulting choices in the January exchange window. Defoe is comprehended to win around £100,000 seven days at Bournemouth yet is believed to be available to take a compensation cut in kind for customary diversion time. Howe has likewise hailed Emerson Hyndman’s advance spell at Hibs. The midfielderAmerican played multiple times for Neil Lennon’s side, incorporating appearances in the Betfred cup as well as Europa League.
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GERRARD’S RANGERS HIT SEVEN PAST MOTHERWELL

Steven Gerrard’s Scottish side, Rangers ran riot on Sunday as they hit seven goals past 10-man Motherwell to finish 7-1 as Celtic moved to the top of the Scottish Premiership table for the first time this season following their goalless draw against Livingston.

Defending champions, Celtic now sit top of the pile, leading Hearts only on goal difference, with a game in hand over the Edinburgh club. However, following the win at Ibrox, Rangers now find themselves just two points behind the leaders.
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The Rangers Should Learn Quickly From The Motherwell ‘Education’

The new players of Rangers must learn quickly from the “education” they are receiving at Motherwell, according to the boss Steven Gerrard. Gerrard was very disappointed with the manner and timing of the 94th-minute tie that made it 3-3 and denied the victory of his team on Sunday.

The goal of Peter Hartley was the Rangers second conceded from a set-piece that have come from back to lead 3-2. Gerrard said “I was always aware that we are going to get some bumps in the road soon, and this is the real first bump, it is my responsibility to ensure that this should get out of the system as soon as possible and get prepared again for a big game in midweek.”

On Thursday, the Rangers will take the lead of 1-0 to Russia for the second leg of their Europa League playoff opposite Ufa as they are trying to lock their place in the Europe’s second-tier group stage competition. After three days, they head in the Scottish Premiership to Celtic Park for the season’s first Old Firm meeting.

Gerrard said that the direct style followed by Motherwell at Fir Park was a good lesson for all those players who are not used to that because of being new to the league.

On the other hand, the captain Hartley cause controversy by saying that it was “fun to watch” former Fabio Cardoso the Rangers defender who was weeping after getting his nose broke in a game between the sides in the last season. On Friday, he also said that there would not respect shown in the much amount to Gerrard and Rangers himself accepted to being a bit caught out by the hosts’ approach. The old Liverpool captain agreed that he should have induced Lee Wallace before.

STEVEN GERRARD HOPED HE HAD PLAYED FOR LONGER

Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard feels he left the club too soon. The former Reds midfielder is one of the most celebrated players in the Premier League era but he wished he extended his playing career for a little while longer than the summer of 2015.

The current boss of Glasgow Rangers said he regretted his decision to bring down the curtain on his career that early.
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Gerrard thinks Liverpool can still contend

Steven Gerrard reckons that even after losing the golden boot winner of the last season, Luis Suarez, Liverpool is a contender for the Premier League silverware in the ongoing season.
The Reds could have ended their 2-decade long league title drought last season as they were in a great position with just a couple more games to go, but, in what turned out to be a title deciding encounter, they lost to Chelsea leading to the heartbreak of the club fans.
That win of Chelsea gave Manchester City the much needed advantage and they capitalized on that to end up leaving Liverpool behind by just 2 points.
City’s goal differential was better too. So, even if it was a tie in terms of points, they would have won, but, two games prior to that, the situation was much different with Liverpool being in a comfortable situation at the top. It was their title to lose and they lost it unfortunately.
However, Gerrard seems to have forgotten what happened in 2013-14. He has his sights on future only and he is of the view that his team has got the right kind of blend to go close to the title or even win it this time around.
Talking to the reporters last week, the Reds skipper said, “It’s absolutely vital to remain in the European Cup, but, that doesn’t mean we will be content with a top 4 finish only. We are going to fight for the title. We know it’s within our reach especially after the way we carried on our campaign the previous season. If we play that way again, we’ll be real contenders.”
Liverpool has had a decent start in the league this season as they have won 2 out of their first 3 games. The remaining one they lost against Manchester City.

Gerrard Takes Much Needed Holiday

Steven Gerrard has had an interesting last 3-4 months. From being on the verge of lifting the league trophy to travel to Brazil to captain the Three Lions to their worst ever outing in a FIFA World Cup, the midfielder has gone through a lot. After all this, he was surely in need of going on a short holiday and he has done exactly that.

He is in Ibiza at the moment spending some time with his wife and his kids. In some of his recent photographs that have been uploaded on websites, he is looking relaxed and rejuvenated which is a good thing at least for his club Liverpool. The Reds would certainly need their captain at his best next season if they have to get close to the league glory again.

Gerrard’s personal performance in both the Premier League as well as in the World Cup was brilliant last season. Yes, he made a slight mistake in the World Cup group game against Uruguay which led to that second Luis Suarez goal, but, apart from that, he was flawless.

Despite that, at the end of the season, he found himself empty handed and that would have left him frustrated.
The kind of guy Gerrard is; he doesn’t like to bring out his frustration in public. He is very calm and collected.

But, in the interviews that he has given after that World Cup debacle, he has looked deeply hurt and rightly so because the time is almost running out for him to win a big tournament.

There is no doubt that the player of his calibre deserves silverwares. He has been a true legend of the game having made close to 500 English top tier appearances along with 114 international appearances.

NEW POSITION

During the last few matches of Liverpool, Steven Gerrard has been deployed into a new position which is partly due to the injury that Lucas Leiva sustained and now the English captain is being placed as a holding midfielder instead of his usual attacking minded spot in the pitch.

Earlier in the month of January during Liverpool’s match against Aston Villa, Gerrard seemed to struggle trying to adapt into his new role but in their next encounter which was against Everton it was a completely different match for Gerrard as he was much more comfortable and even scored the opening goal of the game.

According to Brendan Rodgers, Gerrard has silenced his critics.

Rodgers said: “If anyone ever questioned whether Steven Gerrard can play as a controlling midfielder then he put on one of the best performances I’ve seen for a long, long time.

“I thought he was sensational in that role – opening up the game from behind, his exhibition in blocking, when he marked space, when he marked a man. He controlled the game and it was wonderful.”

Following the 4-0 triumph of Liverpool against Everton, Gerrard told the club’s official website about what it feels like playing on a position for his team and he is confident that with time and work, he can improve much more and get things right.

“It’s a different position to the one that I’ve played for the last 12 or 15 years.

“Previously, I’ve been trying to get from box to box. But the new role is more about control and organizing the people in front of me.I know that with time and work on the training pitch, I can get it right because I believe I can play in a number of positions.” Gerrard wrote on Liverpool’s website.

Gerrard Keen On Retaining Luis Suarez

Steven Gerrard is seemingly impressed with the indomitable spirit of his club’s major goal scorer Luis Suarez. The Liverpool captain has advised his team to enjoy Suarez as much as possible while he still has his contract with them as soon big clubs would be looking to sign him in-given his amazing form at present.

Suarez scored 2 goals in Liverpool’s recent 5-0 triumph over Tottenham in the White Hart match & Gerrard feels that it’s significant for them to qualify for Champions League so that they can retain the leading goal scorer of Premier League.

The Liverpool captain was all in praise for Suarez. “He is just relentless, he never gives up irrespective of scoreline and you will always find him chasing the defenders”, stated an impressed Gerrard while speaking on Suarez. “He wished for a hat-trick for today- in the ninetieth minute of the match we saw him in an attempt for a 3rd goal & this is what sums Luis up, he won’t ever give up.”

“We are very lucky to have Luis in our club and we should enjoy him as long as he is with us. If he manages to continue with such a fantastic form, I loathe admitting this, but the biggies would be sniffing to get him in which we obviously don’t want”, Gerrard continued.

“Luis is our key to Champions League. If he manages to maintain the current magnificent form & keeps on delivering brilliant performances & goals akin to this, there is absolutely no doubt that Liverpool would be coming at top 4. This is what Suarez wants & that is what Luis deserves as well. The guy deserves a place in Champions League tournament. A goal scorer of this stature must be in Champions League”, added in the impressed captain of Liverpool.

NEW HEARTBEAT

For the longest of times Steven Gerrard has been the heartbeat of Liverpool, alongside Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge they are the main driving force behind the English club. Following their latest Premier League match in which they lost 2-0 against Arsenal, Brendan Rodgers told the media about the injury Gerrard picked up.

He took a knock towards the end, with his hip. I’m not sure the complete diagnosis on it.

Stevie’s been brilliant for me, it was a tough game for him, but we’ll assess his injury and see where he’s at. Rodgers said.

Liverpool’s season is characterized by the number of injuries that their main attacking players have been suffering. They had to start the season without Luis Suarez and later the Brazilian Philippe Coutinho.

Even though Liverpool will be without Gerrard in their upcoming Premier League match against Fulham, they are favorites on claiming a victory taking into consideration the table positions and current form of each team.

Fulham are sitting in the last 4 spots of the Premier League standings while Liverpool is fighting for the top positions.

Even at his 33 years of age Steven Gerrard continues being a key player for the team he grew up in and made his debut back in 1998.

Roy Hodgson has to prepare England for the November friendlies which include facing off against Chile and Germany and he would want Gerrard to be back in form and available for his national side.

Although the absence of Gerrard can allow Hodgson to play some of England’s fringe players such as: Jack Wilshere, Tom Cleverley and Ross Barkley.