Rangers boss Steven Gerrard has railed against “cheap” shots in the media concerning the club’s mentality and celebrations in recent seasons.
The Ibrox gaffer was speaking with the Gers mounting a serious title challenge and hoping to pick up a head of steam going into a tough run of fixtures in the winter months.
After falling in the second half of the season for the last two seasons in a row, many have criticised Steven Gerrard and his charges for getting carried away after wins against Celtic.
Rangers beat Celtic 1-0 at Ibrox in 2018 only to collapse in the second half of the season after the winter break.
The Ibrox club did the same last season after beating Celtic 2-1 at Parkhead going on a devastating run of form to see their title charge collapse before the season was called.
Now, after the club’s best start to a season in 53 years, Rangers boss Gerrard has refuted the cheap suggestion his team have got carried away with big wins in the past and makes “no apologies” for the celebrations as he urges his side to “enjoy the ride”.
“I think it’s quite cheap for certain individuals to say that at times we get too excited,” said Gerrard [Scotsman]
“They have to remember that they have as well. They’ve done similar things to what we’ve done.
“Humility is a value that I have always tried to come close to because it is an emotional game and can get the better of you, whether you’re a player celebrating a win or on the back of a setback.
“Certainly, that’s been the case in my first few years in management. You live and learn and at times we’ve got it wrong but we make no apologies for getting over-excited at times.
“This is a pressure environment with big responsibility and sometimes you have to lose yourself in that but, in terms of being humble and respectful, it’s something I’ve tried to pride myself on throughout my career in the main.
“I’ll try and do that as a manager and I expect everyone else to try and do the same. The words ‘humble’ and ‘respect’ need to remain at this club forever, not just now and in the short term.
“Players are human beings and it’s an emotional game.
We’re a team and we’re individuals and there are times we want the players to celebrate and enjoy themselves when they’re on the back of a big result or they get over a big hurdle.
“We’re humans on a big journey and we’ve got to enjoy the ride as well.”
Rangers have cut a much more determined and focused side this season with a real feeling that no-one – within the club or in the fan base – will be getting carried away before the end of the season.
Rangers have stretched out an 11-point lead at the top of the Scottish Premiership and this has had Celtic fans calling for their manager to be sacked even at this early stage.