Heat on Old Firm managers will never change, says Steven Gerrard

Steven Gerrard accepts life as an Old Firm manager moves easily and at times quickly between praise and condemnation.

Rangers manager Steven Gerrard (Photo by Alan Harvey / SNS Group)

Celtic boss Neil Lennon spoke about the hysteria that is surrounding his club at the moment, despite losing only one Premiership game this season - to Rangers - and being able to go within three points of the league leaders if they win their game in hand.

Gerrard's side are unbeaten in 16 games this season as they look forward to the Europa League clash with Polish side Lech Poznan at Ibrox on Thursday night.

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The former England captain, still to win a trophy at Ibrox, knows any marked change in that form would see him under the spotlight.

He said: "I don't think you have to be a rocket scientist to work it out that whoever is in the best form seems to get a bit more peace in terms of scrutiny in the media and the questions that are fired at you.

"You get a couple of indifferent results and that certainly changes very quickly and the heat comes in a different direction. That's the way it is.

"That's what myself and Neil, or myself and Brendan (Rodgers), have to live with. That's the job we are in. That's never going to change. I'm sure that it has been the same for many years and it will be in the future.

"I accept that. Obviously the team are doing well, we need to keep continuing that. But it is what it is."

Rangers have won 14 and drawn two games so far. Asked about increasing expectations at Ibrox, Gerrard said: "We need to just focus on our job in hand.

"It's my job to guard the players in the squad from the noise from the outside, whether it be positive, whether it be negative. It's my job to make sure the team stay in this place, stay humble and guard from complacency.

"We want the run to last as long as possible. I don't think it's realistic to expect us to win every game but we're playing well.

"We are at a good level, confidence is high, belief is high, and it's about moving on from a positive win at the weekend against Livingston and facing this challenge in isolation.