Steven Gerrard played over 600 senior games in a glittering 18-year career but was still learning in his final few months at LA Galaxy before retiring.

And the Rangers boss insists it will be the exact same as a manager after speaking to dug-out veterans who told him that gaffers never stop making mistakes.

Gerrard was on the receiving end of criticism for his team selection in the 2-0 Old Firm defeat at Ibrox before the international break.

On reflection, the 39-year-old confessed he might have done a couple of things differently but says that isn’t purely down to his lack of experience.

 

Gerrard, looking for a reaction against Livingston today, said: “I have conversations with managers who have been doing it for 20 years and they say they are still making mistakes now and learning.

“There will never be a day when I stop learning - it was the same when I was a player. I was still learning in the last few months before I hung my boots up so I’m sure it will be the same as a coach.

“I don’t think I’ll ever stop learning in the job. I picked the team I thought was right for the Celtic game but if people want to point fingers at me in terms of team selection then I’ll totally take it on the chin.

“Would I, in hindsight, have done anything differently? Maybe one or two things, of course, but you can’t go back and change things.

“All you can do is look forward and try to learn from where you went wrong.

“To win derby matches you have to win your one v ones all over the park or at least the majority of them.

“I can’t remember too many we won. Forget tactics, forget personnel. If you lose those battles you won’t win an Old Firm game.

“We need to press the reset button. We’ve taken a lot of criticism – I’ve taken a lot of criticism – and rightly so. Because our performance wasn’t at the level that is needed to win an Old Firm match. I could tell that the players totally understood it as soon as I walked in the dressing room. We’ve had a long time to reflect on that. We have to suck it up.

“Fortunately in football, after a disappointment you always get the chance to bounce back or start the process of bouncing back. We’ve got Livingston on Saturday and I want my players revved up for that.”

Gerrard reckons Jordan Jones is another who learned a harsh lesson in the Old Firm derby following his rush-of-blood moment when he wiped out fellow substitute Moritz Bauer to earn a straight red card. The Northern Ireland international injured himself in the process and is now facing at least a month on the sidelines with Gerrard revealing he also sustained an ankle knock after being on the end of a challenge.

He said: “It’s a frustrating one but Jordan has moved on from it and I’ve moved on from it.
It’s a disappointing one for both of us.

 

“He got a tackle in the first few minutes after he came on in the Old Firm game and he’s got an ankle problem from that. Then in getting the red card, he flared up a knee issue.

“So he has two issues he is managing at the moment and I don’t think you will see him for, best case, a month. Maybe it will be a little bit longer than that.

“It’s frustrating for me because he’d been in good form. Unfortunately he’s not going to be available for the foreseeable future when we have some really big fixtures. But I’ve chatted to Jordan, we are going to move on and hopefully get him back as soon as possible.

“He will learn from this because he’s going to have to watch games.

“Players don’t like being injured, they want to go out and play. There’s nothing worse than sitting in the stands, especially when Feyenoord are coming to town and you have a Europa League run along with big domestic fixtures when every point is important. Jordan is a Rangers fan and I know he’ll be desperate to be involved. So I’m sure he will learn from it.”

Jon Flanagan joins Jones on the sidelines after going under the knife. Gerrard explained: “Jon previously had a hernia op on the right side, which we got him back from.

“We checked the other side and it was all fine but then it flared up a touch.

“So during the international break he went in and had the other side done. He’s not far away - probably about 10 days.”

Meanwhile, Gerrard dismissed reports linking him with a move for former Juventus and Zenit St Petersburg midfielder Claudio Marchisio, with the 33-year-old still without a club.

Asked about the speculation, he said: “It’s just another name that gets bandied about.

“He is a fantastic player – I have played against him. I love the player but there is no truth in that.”