Ibrox exclusive: Pundit claims Rangers handing rivals advantage after Gerrard admission
Noel Whelan claims that Rangers are giving Celtic an advantage in the title race after Steven Gerrard complained about the state of the pitch at Ibrox.
The former Aberdeen and Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, says that the Light Blues will not be able to play the way they want at home and that rival sides will be able to take advantage of that.
Gerrard blasted the Ibrox turf as “awful” after the club’s 2-1 win over Hibernian in midweek, while Alan Hutton told Football Insider it was “shocking” to see the pitch in such a poor state.
With Rangers looking to make up the ground to Celtic at the top of the table, Whelan insists that the Gers’ rival sides will not fear Ibrox if they feel the pitch is a leveller for them.
Whelan told Football Insider: “They want to play quick, slick, flowing football – that’s the way Stevie G has been brought up at Liverpool, that’s the style he wants to play.
“That’s the style he’s brought these players in to produce so yeah, it is a worry but at the same time it’s the same for both sets of teams.
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“It probably gives the opposition a little bit more of an advantage because they won’t be able to play that way if the pitch is churning up and you’re not getting that slickness, that roll that you want, if it’s quite bobbly it falls into the opposition hands.”
Rangers have only lost once at home this season, Celtic getting the better of them early in the campaign.
However, while the Light Blues have scored two or less goals in all but one of their last 10 league games, Celtic have netted three or more in each of their last five Premiership fixtures.