We’ve spoke quite a lot in the past about Steven Gerrard’s immense ability at dealing with the press in Scotland.
From the day he walked in the door, the Rangers manager has put on a honest, transparent and laidback face each time he’s faced them.
He’s an international star. Someone who’s spent his entire career in front of the camera. And now, he’s getting so good with the Scottish press it’s becoming almost embarrassing for them.
At today’s press conference for tomorrow’s match with Aberdeen, Gerrard slapped down some seriously obtuse lines of questioning. Particularly with regards Alfredo Morelos.
He challenged comments on Rangers relying on their number nine (granted he’s number 20). He also spoke out on questions over the striker’s physicality. There was just no-nonsense today. Watch the whole thing below:
Not the first time Gerrard has dealt with the press
It’s not the first time the Liverpool legend has dealt with the press so effectively. He’s been ruthless all season.
From interjecting Jordan Rossiter, to the League Cup Semi Final drama, to the situation surrounding Ovie Ejaria last week, the manager has nipped any and all chances of sensationalised news stories in the bud.
He’s on top of the press in Scotland, but isn’t lording anything. He is genuine and just wants to focus on the football. He’s honest, even down to his loyalty to Liverpool, and he likes to have a laugh.
We saw today he is starting to really enjoy taking these press conferences too.
The onus is now on journalists to either play ball with Gerrard and focus on the football, or risk a roasting. They’re not getting any bites.
The quip on Rangers having 14 men after Craig Levein’s comments deserves honourable mention.
The Gaffer is not there to embarrass anyone but he’s certainly not going to be taken for a fool.