‘Gary got a few things wrong’

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with his fore­arm. All I asked for in the press con­fer­ence is pro­tec­tion for all play­ers across the league and across the board. I said we had to stand up to the phys­i­cal chal­lenge of Liv­ingston, and that is what we did to­day. And we did it ever so well. ‘I have no prob­lem with Gary’s com­ments. But, if and when he watched the press con­fer­ence, he got a few things wrong. ‘I shook his hand be­fore the game and shook it af­ter­wards. Look, it is not about me and Gary Holt. It is about how good Rangers were. We came here, tough place to come, tough chal­lenge.’ Ger­rard in­isted his team showed ‘a dif­fer­ent side’ to their char­ac­ter in sweep­ing Liv­ingston aside at the same venue where Celtic lost 2-0 last month. He said: ‘To­day was out­stand­ing from start to fin­ish. I thought we to­tally dom­i­nated and con­trolled the game. ‘You saw a dif­fer­ent side to us to­day; we were tough all over the pitch and, at the right times, we played some qual­ity stuff. ‘We dug in and com­peted when we had to. At times, we played some stun­ning foot­ball.’ Play­ing down con­cerns of an­other lengthy lay-off for Ryan Kent after the £7mil­lion man limped off with a dead leg, Ger­rard said: ‘I am sure he will be fine in two or three days. He tried to run it off, so I de­cided to put Sheyi (Ojo) on. I thought he did re­ally well.’ Holt ad­mit­ted his side were sec­ond best in all ar­eas of the pitch. With just one win in their last ten, he ad­mit­ted: ‘It’s the tough­est day at the of­fice I have had since I came in. I just felt we were a wee bit more re­ac­tive than proac­tive. ‘Against a team like Rangers, I don’t think you can do that.’ Laugh­ing off the ver­bals with Ger­rard, he added: ‘I am a big enough boy to ac­cept de­feat as well as vic­tory, so I con­grat­u­lated him. They thor­oughly de­served the win. ‘The door is al­ways open. Hope­fully he can come in and I can give him a cud­dle.’

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