Chris Sutton left confused over Steven Gerrard decision after Rangers 2-2 draw

Celtic edged ever closer to a ninth-consecutive league title in Scotland as Rangers gifted their rivals a 12-point Premiership lead.

Steven Gerrard’s side failed to win for the fourth time in eight league outings courtesy of their 2-2 draw with St. Johnstone on Sunday.

That result coupled with Neil Lennon’s Hoops beating Kilmarnock 3-1 has handed the Light Blues a mammoth task domestically despite their game in hand.

Nikola Katic notably struggled to get up to the pace of the clash at McDiarmid Park, with Florian Kamberi and Joe Aribo’s goals not enough for all three points.

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Although Gerrard decided not to bring the 23-year-old off as a substitute, he did hint at the performance of the Croatia international after the game, which Chris Sutton has since questioned.

The Liverpool legend said: “So we go 1-0 down and we want to get to half-time and make some real positive substitutions.

“I don't want to take anyone off too early because that could ruin them for a long time."

With Sutton replying on Twitter: “Pretty remarkable stuff this… [Gerrard] didn’t want to take Katic off in the first half as it may have ruined him… but threw Katic under the bus after the game… which may ruin him anyway…”

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Rangers hero Kris Boyd was acting as a pundit for Sky Sports during the encounter, and he slammed the defender for his performance in what could turn out to be a crucial fixture.

Boyd told Sky Sports: "It was the worst 90 minutes I've seen from a Rangers centre-half. That I can remember anyway.

"The first three clips here [footage of Katic mistakes] are before the goal – the goal went in in the eighth minute."

"For me, personally, I struggle to find a worse 90 minutes from a Rangers centre-half, I'm sorry," added Boyd.

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"I just thought from start to finish, it wasn't good enough."

Gerrard has been desperate to win a maiden trophy at Ibrox after missing out in his debut season, but he has now admitted that he has plenty of work to do if they are to win any silverware this season.

“I’m going to have to find solutions,” he said after their latest disappointing result.

“I’m going to have to work even harder than we do to find solutions and get back to the basics of defending.”

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