Steven Gerrard reveals why he had to 'get into' Rangers players at half-time and pinpoints who he 'can't ignore' after Motherwell draw
They remain a whopping 21 points clear of Celtic at the top of the table and firmly on course to become champions for the first time in a decade.
But there was no disguising the irritation in Gerrard’ voice as he reflected on whether he regarded it as a point earned or two dropped by his team.
“It’s a bit of both, isn’t it?,” he said. “We came to win the game, so from that point of view we have to be slightly disappointed and frustrated.
“But the way the game panned out, to play much better in the second half and take a point, it’s arguably a fair result all in all.
“If you look at possession, chances created and our second half performance, we maybe should have shaded it.
“But we have ourselves to blame for the outcome because we never came to this game until half-time.
“If you look at our first half performance, we were too passive in key areas of the pitch.
“When we managed to string some passes together and get some territory, our quality wasn’t there.
“Our normally reliable players, the front three and coming in from the sides, the quality wasn’t good enough. We never tested the goalkeeper enough in the first half.
“I had to get into the players at half-time. I was going to make a change at half-time but I thought I’d give people a little bit more time.
“But then things weren’t changing as quickly as I would have liked them to, so the game was crying out for a Cedric-type player. He came on and did really well.
"If he keeps providing like that I can’t ignore him for too long. I’m really pleased with his cameo performance today. He looked strong, lively and he was a threat.
“He’s really honest and he’s never passive. In the first half too many of our players were passive so that’s what I was disappointed about.”
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