Former Celtic defender and FC Midtjylland vice-captain Erik Sviatchenko has bitten back at Steven Gerrard for gestures the Rangers boss made after the Ibrox club’s 7-3 aggregate victory over the Danish side.
Gerrard allegedly made a “zip-it” gesture to Sviatchenko as he made his way off the pitch in the second leg of the Europa League clash at Ibrox.
Whilst the Gers boss admits he gave Sviatchenko a “send-off” [Daily Record], the big defender was left confused by the entire thing.
“He made a gesture that suggested, ‘You’re not so funny any more’, or ‘You’re quiet now’, something like that,” said Sviatchenko, as quoted by the Daily Record.
“I don’t know why he said that because my comments throughout were respectful. But it’s up to him what he wants to say after the game.
“They deserved the victories and I’m annoyed it came down to individual errors. At that level in Europe, against a good team like Rangers, we were punished.
“All the best to Rangers as they were the much better team over two legs.
“I don’t want to say they can go make an impact on the Europa League but they have a good chance against Legia Warsaw, particularly when the fans at Ibrox are with them. All the best to Rangers.”
To be fair to Sviatchenko, the big defender has been very positive about Rangers and somewhat swallowed his pride here.
But Steven Gerrard’s frustration with the big stopper concerned comments Sviatchenko made about the Scouser being Brendan Rodgers’ “apprentice”.
Either way, it seems like this side feud has finally come to an end.