Steven Gerrard believes there has been an improper rush to wrap up the 2019-20 football season in Scotland.
The Championship, League One and League Two tables have been declared final after 81 per cent of the country’s 42 senior clubs backed the Scottish Professional Football League’s (SPFL) plans.
Many of those teams feared for their futures without end-of-season payments, although a final call is yet to be made in the top-flight, where Gerrard’s Rangers are 13 points behind rivals Celtic at the summit but could still mathematically win the league.
Speaking to talkSPORT, the Liverpool great said he felt the process in Scotland compared unfavourably with efforts to restart the season in England amid the coronavirus pandemic.
“For myself – and I think everyone at Rangers was on the same page – what we wanted was to give it the best chance we can,” he said.
“There was a different view from the Premier League and the EFL that they wanted to wait and give this season every single chance to be played.
“We all know and respect the fact that there might become a stage where that is impossible to happen. But there seemed to be an almighty rush from where we were to finish it and get the boats in as soon as possible. That didn’t sit well at all.
“At Rangers, we want to get back playing and get the season done when it’s physically safe to do that, with all respect to the situation that we’re in.
“Across Scotland, top to bottom, there was so much football to be played. Now, of course, I’m always going to be biased because I’m the Rangers manager and there’s a 13-point gap, but I want to put as much pressure on to the end.
“In other leagues, so many clubs had so much to play for and we felt there was a rush to finish it instead of giving it the best chances to be finished.”
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