It was a no-brainer for Steven Gerrard not to send his stars to Dubai for this season’s winter training camp, Rangers icon Walter Smith says.
Last season, the Ibrox boss took his squad to the UAE, but returned in catastrophic form to Scottish soccer as rivals Celtic clinched the championship.
With his decision to keep his players at home, Gerrard learned his lesson, and Smith commends the coach for his decision, believing it to be the right one. Speaking to Gers TV, Smith said, “It’s a very simple decision, this one. “After last year, after the last few years. They had to go to Dubai, they had to come back and they weren’t going to win games.
“If you’re the manager, you just say to the lads, ‘Sorry lads, you’re not going anywhere now’.”
Meanwhile, in Dubai, Celtic have landed and some fans have challenged Neil Lennon and the decision of his troops to make the trip despite being in the middle of a pandemic and a whopping 19 points behind their rivals at the top.
“Really a despicable decision by Celtic to travel to Dubai. The more I think about it, the angrier I get. Another pointless f*** in a pointless f*** of a season.genuinely “Celtic’s despicable decision to travel to Dubai. The more I think about it, the more frustrated I get. Another pointless f*** in a season’s pointless f***.
Another added: “It’s absolutely unforgivable that the team is leaving for Dubai in the middle of a global pandemic. The rest of us are being told to stay home while they soak up the sun by the pool. Who the hell do they think they are?”
As they brace for a difficult break from training, pictures have emerged of Celtic stars sitting poolside in Dubai.
David Turnbull, a Celtic ace, commented, “It’s certainly not a break. We’re going to work hard on the training pitch and get things right. It’s going to be an intense training camp.”
The boys will get a lot of motivation from the weekend results and we’ll keep fighting and moving on. We need to produce success and that is our goal for the season’s second half.
Of course, what we expected was not the outcome against Rangers. We played very well and it’s about keeping the faith and moving on. We can’t hang our heads. For long stretches of the game, we played them off the field. We have to pick up now and try and continue the important winning streak.
As many games as we can, we’ve got to win. We can’t just look at someone else. The team has proven that it is more than capable of putting together a winning streak, and in the second half of the season, we need to find that consistency.
The loss we need to forget, put it in the back of our minds and move on. We’re going to concentrate on ourselves and dust off ourselves.
You must note that in the second half of the season, there is still a lot of soccer to be played.
“Everyone will give 100 percent.”