Date: 20th September 2020 at 6:14pm
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Despite his vast experience and deep knowledge of the feeling Steven Gerrard is still a very bad loser.

For the best part of 20 years he watched Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea compete for the EPL title while he made two with a couple of cup wins and being told that he was part of a Golden Generation- that repeatedly lost penalty shoot outs.

With Gerrard gone Liverpool took stock, watching Jordan Henderson lift the trophy earlier this year must have been painful viewing for the legend that calls himself Stevie Gee.

Management has proved similarly difficult. Since he walked into Ibrox to a fanfare in May 2018 he has been told how wonderful he is, how he will replace Jurgen Klopp in an emotional return to Anfield.

Reality has been less kind. In his opening season Derek McInnes twice applied the KO blow in cup competitions. In the league Celtic switched manager two thirds of the way through the campaign and still cantered to their eighth title in a row.

Last season followed a similar path. After two International Break Trophy successes the January Shut Down Cup also made its way to Ibrox. The pain of watching Celtic win the Betfred Cup in December was written off as a travesty of justice.

Post Dubai Gerrard’s warriors slipped from two to 13 points behind Celtic over 10 matches before the title was called. Relegated Hearts ended his Scottish Cup hopes having cost the Ibrox stars five SPFL points.

Last week Kevin Clancy was the villain of the piece, today as his own defence crumbled he turned the deflection spotlight towards Ryan Porteous.

With every passing week the Anfield Return drifts further into the distance, after trips to Willem II and Motherwell in the next week Tranmere Rovers might be enjoying some celebrity attention from the Deflect and Deny loser.