Steven Gerrard wasted no time in engaging in some mind games in Scottish football; after his first league match, he took aim at Aberdeen.
Having seen his ten-man Rangers side dominate for much of the game at Pittodrie, Gerrard had to suffer the sucker-punch of a late Dons equaliser which earned a 1-1 draw.
Speaking after that game, he said: “Anyone at this game or who watched on TV must know we were much better than Aberdeen.
“We were very good with 11 men, we were even better when we went to 10. Aberdeen didn’t have any idea against us, and for 93 minutes it was perfect.
“Every single player to a man was fantastic. I thought tactically when we went to 10 we were very good and very professional. Aberdeen only had one idea and it was to lump it into the box. We showed today that we’re a class above Aberdeen.”
Gerrard was given the opportunity before yesterday’s Betfred Cup semi-final to backtrack on his words, but elected to stand by what he said at the time.
After the Gers once more failed to beat Aberdeen, did Gerrard offer up an unnecessary added motivation? It could be argued that that inflammatory statement came back to haunt the Liverpool icon.
He may prefer to keep his counsel next time, even if fans find the honesty refreshing.