RANGERS boss Steven Gerrard insists he will NEVER apologise for his touchline reactions.

The Ibrox gaffer was criticised for what many pundits believed were over-the-top celebrations when his side beat Celtic 2-1 in December – the Govan club’s first win at Parkhead in nine years.

Gerrard, though, admitted he had questioned himself over his reaction after he grabbed the camera and thrust his face into the lens as he shouted in triumph before racing down the touchline to join his players in front of the small section of travelling fans.

He also drew criticism for his anger directed at his team following their 2-1 loss to Kilmarnock at Rugby Park 11 days ago.

Gerrard was speaking to his old Liverpool team-mate Danny Murphy in an interview with the Mail on Sundayas he opened up about life in the Gers hot seat.

He said: “I’ll never apologise for being authentic. I am passionate after a win. I don’t think people on the outside understand the pressures you are under in that moment.

“I do ask myself if it was too much, but then I think Celtic beat Aberdeen last weekend and 11 players and Neil Lennon are jumping about and celebrating with the fans. I’m totally fine with it.

“There are still parts of me where I do things and think: ‘I could’ve done that a little bit better’. And I don’t think that will ever go away.”

Gerrard revealed he threatened to cancel days off after a poor training session following the winter break and it led to one of the best responses he could have got.

Asked about the day he dozed off during a Gerrard Houllier talk-in, the Anfield icon answered: “Let me put you right there, our meetings at Liverpool could last 40 minutes. My meetings are eight to 12 minutes.

“If someone nods off in one of my team meetings and gets the winner against Celtic, I’ll get him a pillow!

“One thing will never change – players are still motivated by money and days off.

“We had one bad training session after the players had gone on a break, I threatened to restrict days off unless they bucked up. The next session was the best we’ve ever had. It was like watching Brazil.”

Gerrard is now preparing his players for the visit to Perth to take on St Johnstone at 1.30pm today where they can cut back Celtic’s lead at the top to seven points, albeit momentarily with the Hoops facing Kilmarnock with a 3pm kick-off.


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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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