'It's done, finished, over' - Exclusive: Brown delivers Rangers/Gerrard verdict
Rangers have no chance of stopping Celtic marching to nine in a row but the blame should not be pinned at the door of Steven Gerrard, according to Michael Brown.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Tottenham, Man City and Leeds United midfielder lamented the lack of title race drama following the Light Blues’ dreadful new year slump.
Brown insisted the title race is “done, finished, over” and claims Gerrard went over the top by publicly questioning the mentality of his players with months of the season remaining.
Rangers’ trophy hopes this season suffered a crushing blow when they were knocked out of the Scottish Cup by Hearts last weekend.
Gerrard’s side have also slipped to 12 points behind Celtic in the title race.
With a game in hand on their bitter rivals, can Rangers pull something memorable out of the bag over the coming months?
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“I can’t believe you’re asking me that question – it’s done, finished, over, no chance,” Brown told Football Insider.
“It’s done, hand them the title. It’s got to be, they were so close to them and you had to be, as Rangers you had to be next to them with the opportunity to play them once more, win that game and you’re on.
“You go and lose that game (v Kilmarnock) and you’re dead. Celtic win easy, unfortunately,
Gerrard’s come out and said he thought they were there, questioned the mentality. I think what I would say is and what they understand is that they’ve had a really good go and not to be over-critical.”
Asked if Gerrard’s lack of experience has hurt Rangers, Brown said: “I don’t think we can say Gerrard’s experience has hurt them.
“You’ve just got to say, ‘what a turnaround’ he’s overseen and where he’s got them. He’s got them within touching distance, they were there, beat them, beat them well.
“I was so looking forward to the Rangers-Celtic game (at the end of the season). I would have wished they were there, it was tight, what a game it would be to watch. Now it’s over.”
The Glasgow giants’ trophy hopes this season now rest upon the unlikely source of the Europa League, where they face Bundesliga big guns Bayer Leverkusen in the last 16.