Happy Birthday Steven Gerrard

Today, 30 May, is my birthday… but it is also another man’s, a man born in England. It’s even more uncanny in that we both went to Catholic schools as children and both have the same number of professional league winner’s medals.

Having done a great job in handing Celtic five trophies from an available five, whilst spending vast amounts of money and getting big name players in on loan, it’s only right that we mark the occasion for big Stevie G. So here’s some of Gerrard’s greatest quotes during his time in Scottish Football:

  • A lion’s den is when four lions jump over a cage and you fear for your life. You have to thrive in this atmosphere. If any of my players don’t fancy it they are at the wrong club.” March 2019 – Celtic won the match 2-1 to all but confirm the title. Gerrard failed to understand the notion of a metaphor.


  • We’re a class above Aberdeen.” Said after a 1-1 draw at Pittodrie. The Rangers were then eliminated from the cup by Aberdeen and failed to beat them on several occasions.


  • We were the better side against the best team in the League with 10 men for 60 minutes, if not 55 minutes.” Said after another defeat to Celtic, however, The Rangers had not had an attempt on goal in the 60th minute, whereas Celtic had 10!


  • Having analysed last season if the games finished after 86 minutes we’d have won the league. That’s the brutal truth.” spoken after Celtic won their eighth league title in a row and completed a treble-treble. However, it was untrue. If league matches really did last for just 86 minutes, Celtic would have ended on 84 points rather than 87, whereas The Rangers would have ended up on 81 points rather than 78. Thus, Celtic would still have been champions. Although, as Chris Sutton was quick to point out – football matches last 90 minutes anyway!


Many happy returns Mr. Gerrard, from all at The Celtic Star!


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About Author

Hailing from an Irish background, I grew up on the English south coast with the good fortune to begin watching Celtic during the Martin O'Neill era. I have written four Celtic books since the age of 19: Our Stories & Our Songs: The Celtic Support, Take Me To Your Paradise: A History Of Celtic-Related Incidents & Events, Walfrid & The Bould Bhoys: Celtic's Founding Fathers, First Season & Early Stars, and The Holy Grounds of Glasgow Celtic: A Guide To Celtic Landmarks & Sites Of Interest. These were previously sold in Waterstones and official Celtic FC stores, and are now available on Amazon.

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