Richard Keys has come to the defence of Celtic fans and suggested that Steven Gerrard cuts his Liverpool links if he wants to have a career in management.
On Saturday the former Aston Villa boss was back at Anfield for a match against the Celtic Legends that carried a bit more needle than the standard kickabouts between former pros.
Gerrard and Charlie Adam were taking some verbal abuse from Celtic fans and seemed to revel in a little notoriety when things took a different twist towards half time.
The former England captain scored with a penalty then raced towards the visiting fans for a very athletic and animated celebration. Some paper cups were thrown at Gerrard, he continued with some gestures with that incident about the only headline to emerge from the match.
Gerrard was sacked by Aston Villa in October with former Sky Sports presenter Keys not impressed by the antics of one of the icons of the Premiership era as he explained in his blog:
If Gerrard still has ambitions to manage/coach in the PL I really think he should be swerving the legends games – the likes of which we saw at Anfield last weekend.
Gerrard needs to distance himself from Liverpool for a few years more yet. One of his biggest problems at Villa was that their fans largely saw him as Liverpool’s captain.
It was ok to start with – Gerrard said all the right things, but as time progressed and things weren’t going so well, it was an easy stick to beat him with – even though he’d had those two years at Rangers as well.
Perhaps he’s given up believing that he’s got a coaching career, but if he hasn’t, I firmly believe he’s definitely got to give those games up. Either way – he shouldn’t be taunting Celtic fans as he did after scoring. I know it’s hard and I know they’d been on at him all through the game – but he’s a big boy and he knows it’s all part of the gig.
Those fans had paid their money to charity (the players always get paid btw) and so they had a right to get involved in the occasion.
Keys is now based in Qatar working for Bein Sport alongside former Rangers and Scotland striker Andy Gray.