Steven Gerrard has undeniably wound up major Rangers hater Michael Stewart by not only defending Joe Aribo’s tackle v Hearts, but saying he wants to see more of it.
Stewart, of course, claimed Aribo should have seen red, and was foaming at the gills that the midfielder had received just a yellow, but Gerrard insisted that he wants to see that kind of anger and aggression from his playmaker.
In a clear attempt to wind up those who wanted Aribo sent off (including fake sites in our own name) Stevie actually embellished a conversation with the 25-year old in which they’d discussed his being more spiteful and ruthless, as instead being about anger and aggression, ergo endorsing that naughty tackle the likes of Stewart were so outraged by.
And knowing these critics would be offended and rush to attack, Stevie expressed how he wanted even more of that.
Even though that’s not what he and Aribo actually discussed or looked into.
Gerrard knows how to play the media game, and a lot of what he said is very planned and carefully delivered to create a particular effect.
He knew what he was doing with the ‘wife and quid’ comments over Connor Goldson, and he knew what he was doing with this Aribo quip too.
Still, anything which annoys Michael Stewart is ok by us.