Rangers boss Steven Gerrard took a swipe at the SPFL after being asked a question about Hearts during his press conference on Friday morning [RangersTV].
The Gers are taking on the Jambos in a top-of-the-table clash at Ibrox on Saturday afternoon as the Premiership restarts after the international break.
The champions and league leaders are the favourites, as they almost always are on home turf, but the Edinburgh outfit are the only club top-flight club yet to taste defeat this season and it’s set to be a tough game.
Hearts’ superb start to the campaign is particularly impressive given that this is their first season back in the top flight following their relegation when the 2019/20 season was ended early.
The SPFL’s decision to demote Hearts, Partick Thistle and Stranraer from the Premiership, Championship and League One respectively was very controversial and after being asked about the Jambos’ strong start, Gerrard began his response with a dig at the league body.
“First and foremost, I think if you love the game like I do, I think I’m very pleased to see Hearts back in the top league because I thought they were very unfairly treated during the Covid days,” he said [RangersTV]. “It’s great to see them back.”
“They’ve started the season ever so well, Robbie’s done a fantastic job…they’ve got a good team, they’ve got good players and they’ve also recruited very well. They’ve almost built on the confidence and the consistency of last season and brought it into the Premiership.
“It’s no surprise that they’ve started well but my focus has been on us. We’re on the back of a really top result just before the international break ourselves and we’re going to be looking to put some distance between us and Hearts come 5pm on Saturday afternoon.”
Gerrard takes aim at SPFL ahead of Rangers vs Hearts
While Hearts and Partick Thistle are both now back in the divisions they were in during the 2019/20 season, their controversial relegations won’t be forgotten any time soon.
Having had to experience years in the lower leagues themselves, plenty of people around Rangers felt sympathy towards the clubs affected and it’s clear that Gerrard was no exception.
The 41-year-old hasn’t been afraid to call out the authorities about perceived injustices during his time in the Ibrox hot seat and his comment went down well with supporters on Twitter.
Elsewhere in the presser, the manager confirmed an injury blow but also dropped an exciting tease.