ABERDEEN, Scotland (AP) — Steven Gerrard was denied a win in his first Scottish league game as Rangers manager by an injury-time goal on Sunday.
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Aberdeen struck in the third minute of stoppage time to earn a 1-1 draw against Rangers on the opening weekend of the Scottish Premiership.
Gerrard, the Liverpool midfield great, is in his first senior managerial role and has already led the Glasgow club through two qualifying rounds of the Europa League.
He looked set for a successful start in the league when his team recovered from having Alfredo Morelos sent off early on to take the lead through James Tavernier’s penalty.
“We were magnificent,” Gerrard said. “We were very good with 11 men, and even better with 10. Aberdeen had no idea against us. For 93 minutes, it was perfect.”
Celtic, the big rival of Rangers, began the defense of its league title with a 3-1 win over Livingston on Saturday.
Read this out loud, East Fife 4, Forfar 5 – Yes, that was tough. Well, a famous comedy sketch from Eric Morecambe has become a reality. With soccer scores read out on television in the UK on a Saturday afternoon due to zero live games being shown on television during that window, fans have been hoping to hear the score East Fife 4, Forfar 5 or vice versa, for many years. Now, it’s happened.
LONDON (AP) The result of a Scottish League Cup Group B match has become a case of life imitating art after Forfar Athletic beat East Fife in a penalty shootout.
It was East Fife 4, Forfar 5 – a favorite tongue-twisting fictional result of the late British comedian Eric Morecambe.
The British list and read soccer results with the home team first, followed by the away team.
The BBC has reported the result as a first in head-to-heads featuring the teams, although it wasn’t entirely as Morecambe would have liked. The match finished 1-1 before Forfar won 5-4 on penalties.
The BBC says there’d been at least one near miss in the past, with the wrong team at home when Forfar beat East Fife 5-4 in 1964.
Three teams have advanced to the semifinals at the Toulon Tournament, and Scotland can thank their West Bromwich Albion winger for being one of the trio.
The Scots reached the final four on Saturday, after earning a 2-1 victory over South Korea in their Group B finale.
Baggies winger Oliver Burke looked transformed at the Stade Parsemain, when he provided Scotland with a brilliant run in the eighth minute, which proved to be the difference for the European side.
The win means Scotland finishes atop Group B on seven points, leaving hosts France left out of the semifinals.
England and Mexico have already advanced as well, with the Three Lions meeting Scotland in the next phase.
A long-standing dominance from Celtic in Scotland’s top flight has created a clear divide at the top of the country’s top flight, but their bitter rivals made a major move at the head coaching position that could help close the gap.
Rangers announced on Friday the appointment of Steven Gerrard on a four-year contract, as the former Liverpool midfielder succeeds Graeme Murty as manager.
“I am honoured to become the next manager of Rangers. I have enormous respect for this football club, and its history and tradition,” Gerrard said following his appointment. “I can’t wait to start this new journey at Rangers as we look to build on the many successes that this Club has achieved.”
Gerrard, who completed his professional career in 2016 in MLS with the LA Galaxy, previously spent his time coaching Liverpool’s Under-18 squad in 2017/18 as his first official managerial position.
The 37-year-old finished his PL career with 186 goals in all competitions for Liverpool, which ranks fifth all-time in club history.
Steven Gerrard to Rangers isn’t just buzz, apparently.
Liverpool’s legendary midfielder is ready to move from the pundits’ booth and Reds youth academy set-up to first team football, and he isn’t dodging a challenge.
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Gerrard, who turns 38 next month, was reportedly offered the Glasgow Rangers job and the club is confident he will accept the role.
“BBC Scotland understands talks between the club and Gerrard have gone well, with the 37-year-old believed to be keen on taking over at Ibrox.”
Rangers are back amongst the better teams in the Scottish Premiership but the new boss will be tasked with ending Celtic’s soon-to-be (soon, like perhaps by the time you finish reading this post) seven-consecutive seasons atop the league.