It was an exercise in consequential learning for a manager who turned up at Celtic Park today having managed only 12 senior matches.
In the home dugout he was up against a chap who has been in charge of over 400 games at that level.
Gerrard’s tactics were rudimentary:
Park the bus and hope for a break.
Unfortunately for him to was Celtic who showed him how to break.
Tough guy Ryan Jack went down like a tray of dishes and Tom Rogic ran away with it.
In the build-up, to this match, the situation in the Celtic camp was ideal to produce a disjointed, dispirited performance from the home side.
Instead, it was total dominance from the Hoops with the crossbar being Sevco’s best defender in the first half.
Mr Allan McGregor will no doubt have to explain his demonstration of the Corinthian spirit to the Compliance Officer.
The kick out against Ajer was a text boom red card.
Unfortunately, Willie Colum doesn’t have eyes in the back of his…
Oh never mind!
The Sevco goalkeeper was their best player today and tells a tale in itself.
In the post-match interview Mr Gerrard said;
“Look, they’re a good team”.
So even with the disruption of the 11th hour Dembélé departure Rodgers was able to galvanise his remaining players to turn up big today.
If Mr McGregor was heroically busy then Craig Gordon in the Celtic goal had little of substance to deal with.
Only the scoreline hints at a close game.
Now the international break will allow Mr Gerrard the time to realise that his old boss is still in charge.