Exclusive: Top pundit savages Gerrard decision after title race update
Noel Whelan has blasted Steven Gerrard’s tactics after Rangers dropped vital points in the SPL title race.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Jason Jones, Whelan was reacting to Rangers’ 0-0 draw with Livingston at the weekend.
With Celtic having two games postponed after Boli Bolingoli’s unauthorised trip to Spain, Rangers had the opportunity to open up an eight-point gap between the sides.
However, Gerrard’s side were held to a 0-0 draw with Livingston despite having 79% possession and 23 shots and the gap is now six points.
The light blues set up with both defensive midfielders Glen Kamara and Ryan Jack seeing out the 90 minutes.
Asked by Football Insider whether he was surprised by Kamara and Jack both starting, Whelan said: “When you come up against teams that are very defensive minded and sit back in a low block so they cut off all the space for your creative players, there’s no point having two holding midfield players.
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“If you want to go and win the game you’ve got to be a bit more adventurous at times and take that risk.
“You know they’re not going to be piling forward and you’ve got the capability with the players at the back to be able to deal with whatever they throw at you with a counter attack.
“You’re going to come across these teams where they’re not too interested in playing football, they want to get something out of the game and, for them, a draw is a really good result.
“If you’re going stop this tenth title for Celtic then you’re going to have to take a risk at times.
“If you want to go and win a game you put on another striker or creative midfield player and test Livingston defensively.
“This might be something Gerrard looks back on and next time he comes across a team like that he might decide to take that opportunity.”