STEVEN GERRARD soaked up Rangers’ first title victory in a decade – literally!
The Rangers boss was drenched in champagne as he prepared to do a postmatch interview following the 4-0 win over Aberdeen at Ibrox.
Gerrard was doused with bubbly by striker Alfredo Morelos as 10 years of hurt came to an end as they celebrated their astonishing victory – 25 points ahead of fallen champions Celtic who frew 0-0 with Hibs at Easter Road to bring down the curtain on their championship demise.
A delighted – and soaked – Gerrard said: “I’ve got a lot of experience. I’ve been a professional since I was 17 years of age. Sometimes these moments pass you by when you’re younger.
THAT CHAMPAGNE FEELING…Steven Gerrard drinks in the title win.
“But I won’t let another one of these moments ever pass me by again. What you have to sacrifice for moments like this, family-wise, on a daily basis – getting up really early, working late at night, sleeping through the night with stuff on your mind.
“I wanted to enjoy this moment because it’s been a long time since I’ve smelled this success and the champagne.
“I absolutely stink right now. It feels really good and I want more of it. I’m as hungry as anyone.”
Gerrard will now look to lead his players into the Champions League which was the pinnacle of his Liverpool career in 2005 when the Anfield club lifted the silverware – an achievement he says is now matched by his first trophy win as a team boss.
GOVAN GLEE…Steven Gerrard holds aloft the Premiership trophy as Jermain Defoe and Gary McAllister join in the celebrations.
The Merseyside Icon, speaking to Sky Sports News, added: “It’s right up there, because I love winning. That is my drive, that is my buzz, that is what I get out of bed for in the morning. My family will always be number one in my life, football will be number two.
“I have still got drive and hunger to achieve more. This is the first one, I hope it is the first of many.
“But when the dust settles we’ll hit reset to go again. The expectation will go up but that’s what happens at a club like this.
“It’s special for all of us because we all worked ever so hard for it.
“The players deserve all the plaudits for it because they’ve given me absolutely everything.”
Gers completed the campaign in fine style with Kemar Roofe netting a double in between keeper Joe Lewis’ crazy early own goal and a late Jermain Defoe strike.