Celtic 'blown out of the water' by Rangers behind-the-scenes 'masterclass' after King reveal - Whelan
Steven Gerrard and the rest of the Rangers coaching team’s work at the training ground has put Celtic to shame this season.
That is according to ex-Scottish Premiership striker Noel Whelan, speaking exclusively to Football Insider after ex-chairman Dave King declared there was a “zero per cent” chance of the manager leaving for Liverpool in the near future.
Jurgen Klopp is under pressure after a run of appalling results and Gerrard has been tipped for a possible return to his spiritual home of Anfield – this time in the dugout.
King’s comments, quoted in The Times, came with Rangers basking in the glow of a first title triumph in over a decade.
Whelan was emphatic in his praise of the work implemented at Auchenhowie, claiming that Gerrard has helped to completely transform the culture at the club.
He told Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs: “A huge amount of praise goes to Steven Gerrard and the coaching staff, Gary McAllister and everyone else.
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“It’s been three years [since Gerrard’s appointment] and the turnaround has been absolutely huge in the way of performances, consistency, character, attitude and desire to go out and win football matches.
“The majority of that you’ve got to put down to Gerrard, what he’s brought into the team, what he’s requested, what he’s installed at the training ground.
“All the players have bought into it and Gerrard has assembled a really good squad of players with the right attitude, who want to work hard and impress and grow as a team. That’s exactly what they’ve done.
“They’ve just blown Celtic completely out of the water with what they’ve done this year. It’s been embarrassing on Celtic’s part but it’s been an absolute masterclass from Rangers.”
Rangers secured their 55th Scottish title after Celtic were held to a 0-0 draw by Dundee United at Tannadice on Sunday.
Gerrard’s side are unbeaten in the league, have conceded only nine goals, dropped points in just four matches and are the earliest to be crowned champions since 1903.