Steven Gerrard wasn’t messing around with the press yesterday. He never does. And in classy style the Rangers manager took the chance to nip rumours that Ovie Ejaria had been dropped for Villarreal as a punishment in the bud.

The Sun described the Rangers boss as “livid” and really went for Gerrard and Ejaria. It turns out it was complete and utter nonsense.

The reason Ejaria was out of the team was tactical.

“He wasn’t dropped. He wasn’t dropped,” said Gerrard.

Steven Gerrard wasn’t messing around in his presser last night. (Photo by Steve Bardens – UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images)

“Someone made me aware before the game that he was apparently dropped because he was late a couple of days ago,” said Gerrard.

“He was late a couple of days ago but he came to me and apologised and now the matter is closed.”

Gerrard happy to stand up to press but also for his players

A lot of managers might hesitate from saying something on these stories publicly. Gerrard nipped things in the bud straight away.

He handled it and made the paper who wrote it look foolish.

Gerrard then answered the undertones of criticism that came out of the piece.

Ovie Ejaria had started the last three Europa League matches but made way last night. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

“I wouldn’t drop a player for being late. Players are human beings, sometimes they make mistakes, miss a bus or miss a train,” he explained.

“I’m not going to drop someone for a European fixture or such a big game just because they were late, no chance.”

The man takes no nonsense.

It’s great to have someone who understands the role of the media and how to combat them at the helm.

H’s also a millions miles away from Pedro Caixinha on that front.

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