On-loan Kilmarnock youngster Liam Millar has opened up on the lesson he learned from Rangers manager Steven Gerrard after working with him in Liverpool’s youth academy.
Gerrard was in charge of the Canadian international last season and Millar explained how being dropped by the Anfield icon spurred him on.
Millar will come up against his former coach this weekend and Miller admitted that Gerrard’s actions helped him improve.
“There was a time when I wasn’t playing well and he just dropped me. I was like ‘what?’ because I had never been dropped before,” Millar told the Daily Record.
“That shock motivated me to push on. From that point on I scored in every single game from when I got back in until Christmas.
“Little things like that – him trying to push me to get an edge – helped me.
“When he first dropped me he didn’t say anything. Then if I needed a rest he would pull me aside and explain it and say others needed game time.”
Killie ended their recent run of poor form with a win over St. Mirren on Monday but Rangers really need to turn their results around before the international break.
Gerrard’s side have an eight-point gap either side of them in the league but fans will be expecting them to put in a decent performance after last night’s 2-0 defeat by Aberdeen.
With only nine games left in the season, there’s a real sense that the wheels are starting to come off if the Gers don’t do something quickly.