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Steven Gerrard makes Rangers coronavirus declaration

Steven Gerrard during Rangers match

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The Scottish Premiership, just like other football leagues, has been suspended due to rapidly spreading coronavirus.

Amid the suspension, Steven Gerrard has spoken out on the coronavirus crisis.

Gerrard told Rangers TV: “I think it’s having a huge impact on football as you know, games getting cancelled and leagues being put on hold around the world.

“But I think it’s very much a time where football has to become secondary. People’s lives are at risk, people’s businesses are at risk.

“There are many more important things, much more important, than football right now.

“But of course it’s having a huge impact. Not just for us at Rangers but every club around the world.

“But for me it’s very much a time where we all have to stick together, think about our own families first and foremost, and certainly put football second.

“I think we have to be patient, this is a virus that’s spreading very, very quickly around the world.

“I think we’ve got a duty of care first and foremost to our own families, and our own people at Rangers and our supporters.

“Then obviously wider society as well. So I think it’s very much just do everything you can to take precautionary measures to help in the virus not spreading any quicker than it already is.

“But it’s certainly a very concerning time.

“Player welfare is paramount right now, we’re doing everything we can from a medical point of view to put all the right precautions in place.

“I’m in regular contact with the board and the club on a daily basis to see what happens but I think we’ve got to try and trust the authorities to try and find the right solutions.”

“I’m not one who thinks we should be merging seasons and this type of stuff, because I think that has different types of problems for the players, playing too much football in such a short space of time,” he added.

“I think we’ve got to be patient, as I said football is secondary right now.

“What we have to do is just do is just do everything we can at the training ground and at the club to protect the players so they don’t contract the virus, because then it has a lot more complications.

“To be honest with you I don’t have the answers but what I would say is that football is about supporters, the reason I joined Rangers was to coach in front of the wonderful support we’ve got.

“I know all the players feel the same way, I don’t think the right thing to do is to all of a sudden play all the games behind closed doors. I don’t think that’s fair at all.

“So we have to wait, we’ll have to be patient, and let’s hope that at some point there is a solution found but I certainly don’t have the answers.

“I’m sure they (the fans) are missing the football just like everyone else but I think health and welfare is key and vital right now.

“So they need to look after themselves and take whatever precautionary measures they need to take care of themselves and their families because that is the most important thing right now.”

source – DailyRecord

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