Glasgow Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has opened up on his full-time exchange with FC Midjtylland defender Erik Sviatchenko, following a 3-1 victory for the Ibrox outfit on Thursday night..

The Gers boss looked to have made a gesture to the former Celtic defender, which appeared to tell him to ‘zip it’.

This comes after Sviatchenko claimed that Gerrard was in the shadow of former Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers, which the Rangers head coach clearly took exception too.

While he played down the full-time exchange, the Gers boss did make a comment on what was said in the media in the build-up to Thursday’s Europa League qualifier.

“He had obviously been speaking quite a lot through the media over where he is from. So it was just a little send-off for him,” Gerrard told the Daily Record. 

“I just wished him all the best for the remainder of the season.”

Rangers cruised through to the next round of the qualifying process, securing an emphatic 7-3 victory on aggregate.

The Scottish outfit had picked up four away goals in Denmark a week earlier and had one foot in the fourth round before kick-off, with a 3-1 triumph at Ibrox sealing their fate.

Alfredo Morelos scored in both halves for Rangers, with Sheyi Ojo also on the scoresheet as they continued their emphatic start to the season.

Gerrard’s side are now just 180 minutes away from the group stages of the Europa League, with Gers setting up a play-off round clash with Legia Warsaw.

It has been an impressive qualifying campaign for Rangers, who have scored 19 goals and conceded just three times in their six fixtures, and the Scottish outfit are now aiming to reach the group stages for the second season in a row.

Gerrard has lost just two of his 20 games in European competition while in charge of Gers, and will be hoping to complete this qualifying process by finding a way past their Polish counterparts in the play-off round.


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