After a glorious season as Hide and Seek champions of Scotland Steven Gerrard’s heroes were welcomed back to reality by 4,500 Dundee United fans today.
James Tavernier retreated into his shell; Conor Goldson became a bumbling fool with new star John Lundstram looking like he’d struggle to trap a bag of cement.
Whether it was the panic of 4,500 fans cheering on their opponents or something else it had quite an impact on the Ibrox stars.
Gerrard looked bemused on the bench, tactics guru Michael Beale was nowhere to be seen with Gary McAllister left scratching his dome.
Steven Gerrard has approached nicola sturgeon to ask if we can go back to empty stadiums. pic.twitter.com/eoeKD3dw32
— ????????????????MARTY ??? (@Martybhoy15) August 7, 2021
In February 2020 Tav’s programme notes explained how the former Wigan utility man struggles to cope with the pressure of being expected to win football matches, that night his side lost 1-0 to Hamilton Accies.
On Tuesday 50,000 bears will be demanding that Malmo are crushed to take their heroes into the Champions League play-off round. Gerrard has the task of ensuring his players don’t make it three defeats in a row.
The tweet above may or may not be true.
?Season Update: Crowds will be forbidden at Ibrox stadium for the 2021/22 season as we’ve reached an agreement with the @ScotGov and @SPFL on the matter, We can sadly only win trophies without crowds as with them we crumble?
— Rangers Football Club? (@ATcfc88) August 7, 2021