Steven Gerrard delivers verdict on Rangers rising stars
By James Black
Liverpool icon Steven Gerrard has praised Rangers Under-20’s as “fantastic hosts” after seeing his Liverpool side run out 4-1 winners at Ibrox recently.
The Gers’ latest Academy Games fixture saw the young rising stars take on a Reds side managed by the 114-time capped England star.
Goals from Adam Lewis, Bobby Adekanye, Liam Millar and Rafa Camacho saw off a competitive Gers side, who hit back through Matty Shiels.
Gerrard took charge of Liverpool’s Under-18 and Under-19 side after hanging his boots up following a spell in Major League Soccer with LA Galaxy.
The former Liverpool captain admitted the game was a “great test” for his side and was glad to have taken up the invite from Rangers’ Academy staff.
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“I thought it was a great test for my players,” Gerrard said on Rangers’ official podcast.
“I thank Rangers for having us here and being fantastic hosts.
“They’ve got a good group of honest lads who were competitive and were physical all over the pitch in the right way.
“They also tried to play in possession as well and it was a perfect test for us.
“I’m really pleased we took the invitation up and it’s a really big positive for us.”
Gerrard went head-to-head with a makeshift Rangers management team Craig Mulholland, Peter Lovenkrands and Billy Kirkwood taking charge after manager Graeme Murty was put in interim charge of the first-team.
The young Gers’ Academy Games programme has them taking on elite clubs from across Europe after withdrawing from the SPFL Development League for a season.
As well as Liverpool, clubs like Manchester City, Benfica, Feyenoord and KV Mechelen will provide opposition to the Gers’ Under-20’s in addition to competing in the Challenge Cup and Scottish Youth Cup.
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