Former Liverpool star John Aldridge admits he was skeptical that a hyped-up Steven Gerrard would score against Celtic in Saturday’s charity match..
On a day when old acquaintances reunited, the former Rangers manager was pelted with missiles after reveling in his penalty kick at Anfield. The Reds legend had plenty of banter with the visiting fans, but the objects thrown onto the pitch were condemned by those in attendance as well as onlookers around the world.
And Aldridge admits that Gerrard’s desire to score against Celtic could have worked against him because he was attempting to slot past the helpless Artur Boruc. “It was difficult for Stevie to concentrate,” he said on Liverpool TV.
He got so much flak from Celtic fans that I thought he’d miss it.
Ian Rush disagreed, believing the Liverpool icon could make a difference in front of what the Reds goal machine referred to as “the Celtic end.”
Gerrard couldn’t hide his delight after scoring against Celtic and admitted he had no problem passing it back. He stated: “From there, there was only one taker, and that was me, in front of the Celtic fans. I was under a little bit of pressure because I was waiting for (Artur Boruc) to leave, and you have to milk it. I’ve had so much stick off of them that they deserve some back. That’s all there is to it.”
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