Lee McCulloch thinks Steven Gerrard took a leaf out of Walter Smith’s book with his criticism following the 4-0 win over St. Mirren.
Jig told The Scotsman that despite the result Gerrard was simply keeping his squad “on their toes” – and said Smith used to do similar.
The Gers struggled in a diamond formation and McCulloch thinks Gerrard is just reinforcing his standards.
“A few folk would’ve been surprised about Steven’s criticism of the team after a 4-0 win over St Mirren on Saturday,” McCulloch said.
But it would be too easy to paper over cracks and he’s just letting people and, especially players, know that he’s seeing it. It’s not panic stations, it’s just letting people know that they can always do better.
“Walter was the same, making sure he’d keep everyone on their toes, individuals on their toes. If the manager instead is coming out every week and just saying everything’s great, nothing has to be done, then it doesn’t look too good, does it”
The Light Blues will likely revert to a 4-3-3 to face Aberdeen on Wednesday night as they look to push Celtic.
The Pittodrie clash is a must-win for the Gers and they’ll need to be on their game.
With Celtic six points clear in the league, a defeat would probably kill off any title hopes.
Gerrard has a fair idea of what it takes to motivate a player to win trophies.
Criticising his players after the St. Mirren game was deserved despite the scoreline.
Hopefully, there’s a reaction tomorrow at Pittodrie.