Rangers boss Steven Gerrard has played down questions regarding a series of pitchside run-ins with Celtic interim manager John Kennedy during the 2-0 Scottish Cup win at Ibrox.

Throughout the game there was a lot of energy and activity on both benches as the backroom staff railed against physical challenges and the decision-making on the pitch.

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Rangers boss Steven Gerrard has played down a series of pitch-side run-ins with interim Celtic manager John Kennedy as the Gers progressed to the Scottish Cup quarter-finals. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Journalists would pose the question to Gerrard in the aftermath of the game regarding the minor bust-ups but the Ibrox gaffer refused to give “any headlines” regarding the spats.

“Listen, there’s a lot of trash talk on the pitch,” said Gerrard [Glasgow Times].

“At times, there is trash talk on the sides. Sometimes that’s Celtic’s fault, sometimes that’s our fault.

“Emotions are running high, there’s a lot at stake. It is what it is but it’s not the first time that’s happened, is it?

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“No, I’m not going to give you any headlines on that one.”

Gerrard’s comments also come after Celtic midfielder David Turnbull revealed that he and his Parkhead teammates were broken by the defeat inside the dressing room.


Turnbull put in one of the only enthusiastic performances from the Parkhead club during the match which Rangers controlled and were worthy victors in.

Speaking to the press after the game, Turnbull’s comments will be music to the ears of Ibrox supporters with the Parkhead club’s players broken by yet another defeat to Rangers.

“It’s tough to take after all the success we’ve had, to have that this season,” said Turnbull [Daily Record].

“It [dressing room] was pretty quiet. The players weren’t really saying much, we let Kendo do the talking. Obviously we were all gutted.

“I’m not sure what needs to change. We go into each game looking to win and getting some form until the end of the season and then pushing on and we’ll see what happens next season.”

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Celtic mdifielder David Turnbull revealed he and his teammates were broken post-match and don’t know how to turn the tide against the Gers. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

The result leaves no-one in any doubts as to who the best team in Scotland are and Rangers certainly didn’t let up even in the aftermath of the match.

Rangers took aim at hapless Celtic after the final whistle with a series of blows highlighting exactly what colour Glasgow is and always has been.

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