Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has congratulated Steve Clarke after Scotland qualified for Euro 2020, despite the previous bad blood between the two coaches [Rangers Twitter].

Gerrard and Clarke clashed during the latter’s time as Kilmarnock manager, with the pair trading blows in a war of words in 2019.

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Rangers manager Steven Gerrard and Steve Clarke haven’t always seen eye to eye. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

In February last year, the Gers boss said that Clarke had “lacked class” with comments in which he suggested Jermain Defoe should have received a ban for diving in a fixture against St Mirren [Glasgow Times].

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The then Killie boss responded by accusing Gerrard of making things personal, before stating that he wasn’t concerned about upsetting others in his pursuit of greater consistency from the authorities [Sky Sports].

The two clashed again after Clarke left Rugby Park to take on the Scotland job, with Gerrard pointing the finger at the national team coaching staff after Ryan Jack sustained an injury [Daily Record].

Clarke was appointed as Scotland boss in May 2019. (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/Getty Images)

However, it seems that the Gers boss is keen to consign the feud to the past, as, during a press conference on Friday, he praised Clarke and co. for guiding Scotland to a major tournament.



“Living up here, it was great to see and I want to congratulate Steve and his staff on a fantastic achievement,” he said [Rangers Twitter].

Gerrard also took the opportunity to praise midfielder, Jack, who played in two of Scotland’s three matches over the last week.

“It was no surprise to see Ryan playing so well and producing the goods at the international level. I’m really pleased for him.”


Ryan Jack in Scotland action against Israel. (Photo by JACK GUEZ/AFP via Getty Images)

With international football now finished for 2020, though, attention turns back to club duty.

Rangers take on Aberdeen at Ibrox on Sunday afternoon and the hosts will be looking to consolidate their position at the top of the Premiership table, with Celtic facing a tough trip to Hibernian earlier in the weekend.

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