Steven Gerrard, a legend at Anfield, scored the game’s first goal for Liverpool Legends against Celtic Legends
On Saturday afternoon, Steven Gerrard was thrown bottles by Celtic fans, briefly detracting from his goal-scoring return to Anfield.
The 42-year-old was participating in the annual Legends match of the Liverpool Foundation, which will take place in 2023 with Scottish Premiership powerhouses Celtic as the opponents.
The game was marred just before halftime, despite the Bhoys traveling down to Merseyside in impressive numbers—4,000 fans filled the lower tier of the Anfield Road End.
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When Gerrard was given the chance to score from the penalty spot after Martin Skrtel was fouled by Darren O’Dea inside the box, disgusting scenes occurred. The legendary player for Liverpool scored from the penalty spot to break the tie, sending Celtic goalkeeper Artur Boruc the wrong way.
But when Gerrard celebrated in front of the away fans, the Celtic supporters were obviously miffed and hurled a few water bottles and plastic cups at the former Rangers manager.
From 2018 to 2021, Gerrard spent three years at Celtic’s Old-Firm rivals, where he broke the Bhoys’ nine-year stranglehold on the Scottish Premiership title. Gerrard was most recently fired as the manager of Aston Villa in October. Gerrard guided Rangers to a club record 102 points during the remarkable 2020–21 season, winning 32 of their 38 league games.
However, Gerrard is currently out of club management after leaving Glasgow for an underwhelming 11-month stay at Villa Park. He has recently been linked with potential openings across the world of soccer, including Ligue 1 powerhouses Paris Saint-Germain and Turkish Super Lig side Trabzonspor.
However, Liverpool and Gerrard would come out on top 2-0 at Anfield on Saturday. Mark Gonzalez doubled the Reds’ lead shortly after the break by taking advantage of some shoddy Celtic defending.