Rangers boss Steven Gerrard appeeared to land a little parting shot to former Celtic defender Erik Sviatchenko as the Ibrox club dumped FC Midtjylland out of the Europa League.

The big Danish stopper now turns out for the club in his homeland and was largely outspoken before the game.

Gerrard – who’s side dominated the tie and went through 7-3 on aggregate – allegedly made a “zip-it” gesture to Sviatchenko as the defender left the pitch.

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Steven Gerrard had the last laugh against Erik Sviatchenko. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Gerrard was coy when asked about it by the press.

“He had obviously been speaking quite a lot through the media over where he is from,” said Gerrard, as quoted by the Daily Record.

“So it was just a little send-off for him.

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“I just wished him all the best for the remainder of the season.”

Steven Gerrard’s frustration with the player may well have come from comments where Sviatchenko referred to Gerrard as Brendan Rodgers “apprentice”.

 

“For everyone around Scottish football it is a positive thing that we have had Brendan Rodgers at Celtic and now we have the apprentice, so to speak at Glasgow Rangers,” said Sviatchenko.

“But I’m cheering for Celtic to win the league and I expect it.

Midtjylland’s vice-captain Sviatchenko got rag-dolled by Alfredo Morelos over the two legs. (Photo credit should read HENNING BAGGER/AFP/Getty Images)

“I didn’t expect to meet Rangers at this stage of the Europa League, so for me, it is a special game and I’m looking forward to it.

“My record was good against them for Celtic and I got a goal.

“I’m looking forward to it and hopefully I can play my part with the team.

“My phone has been non-stop with good luck messages and that’s a positive thing to have the support from Celtic fans.”

Sviatchenko scored for Celtic against Rangers but was eventually beaten on penalties in the 2015 Scottish Cup semi-final win. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty)

Look at how that worked out Erik! Go toe-to-toe with Steven Gerrard and there’s only ever going to be one winner.

Rangers were rampant in the first half at Ibrox in the second leg as a 3-1 win followed on from a fantastic 4-2 display away in Denmark.

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