Rangers boss Steven Gerrard appeared to break his season-long mantra at Ibrox with his post-match comments after the 1-1 draw with St Johnstone.
Speaking to the club’s media team following the result – which saw the Gers make seven changes and a range of substitutions – Gerrard claimed the decision-making in this match was dictated by the weekend’s Scottish Cup clash against the same opposition.
Making it clear that the Scottish Cup – and not an unbeaten season – is the priority for the remainder of the campaign Gerrard wavered from the “one game at a time” mantra which has served Rangers so well this campaign.
“We’ll take the point and we’ll move on,” said Gerrard [Rangers].
“Coming here tonight you could tell clearly with my decisions before the game, during the game and at the very end, the game was all about the weekend.
“I wanted to give people an opportunity tonight and we nearly took maximum points by not playing well.
“We’ve got no complains in terms of the result, it’s shame we didn’t see the game out because I think we made some poor decisions in the final moments of the game.
“All-in-all we take the point and move on, it was a penalty and we’re probably lucky not to concede another.
“Every decision I’ve made since Celtic, even subs tonight, I made for the weekend rather than what the the game needed tonight.
“My team selection was more about what the weekend needed rather than tonight.
“So I’m content, I’m satisfied, we’ve got everyone fresh and ready for the weekend and that was always the priority.
“As soon as Celtic finished I was more interested in St Johnstone at the weekend than tonight.
“It was about just dealing with tonight.”
Rangers fans may well forgive the Ibrox gaffer for breaking from type for this clash but the unbeaten run – whilst failing to present a trophy – comes with its own prestige.
It’s great to see the Scottish Cup as the club’s main priority but getting the balancing act right between the two could help put a nice pretty bow on what’s already been a special season.
Still, these are the luxuries you can afford yourself when you’ve won the league title at the earliest point in 100 years.
Steven Gerrard might’ve agreed with the penalty decision at the end of the St Johnstone game but plenty of Rangers fans didn’t come the end of the match.