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Steven Gerrard Says Ref Don Robertson Was ‘Desperate’ to Send Someone Off in Motherwell Win

Steven Gerrard Says Ref Don Robertson Was ‘Desperate’ to Send Someone Off in Motherwell Win

Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has claimed referee Don Robertson was ‘desperate’ to send off a player during today’s win over Motherwell.

The Ibrox side strolled to a relatively comfortable 2-0 victory at Fir Park thanks to goals either side of half-time from Nikola Katic and Alfredo Morelos, with the Colombian striker bagging his 27th strike of the campaign.

However, Morelos was shown a second yellow card for the reaction to his goal, as he appeared to gesture towards a section of the Motherwell support as he celebrated.

Whistler Robertson gave him his swift marching orders, and Gerrard didn’t seem too happy with the official as he spoke to the media after the full-time whistle.

Speaking via the Sun, Gerrard said: “As I said, we have no complaints about the red card, but I felt he was desperate to give out a red card today.

“I had that feeling from the side, which is unfortunate because our player does get that type of abuse.

Well, it’s the first setback he’s had after huge, huge improvements so we’ll reset that but we certainly have no complaints.

“Unfortunately, the supporters and his team-mates will suffer because he’s not available for the next game.

“We tried to take him off, for a couple of reasons – because he was already on a yellow but also because we were flashing balls across the six-yard box and I felt that someone with a bit of nous and experience would have had a tap-in today because we continued to slide those balls in but there was no-one there to capitalise on them.

“Jermain Defoe might have been that person,  but I couldn’t get him on before the red card came out.

“It is unfortunate because at times Alfredo was unplayable.

“It is a setback today, he knows that, we know that.

“But let’s not forget how much of an improvement there has been,

“I’m sure he hates getting punished in the pocket so hopefully he will get back on the horse and continue to improve in that area.”

Rangers will be unable to appeal that red card because it was received for two yellow cards, and it means the in-form striker will miss his side’s Premiership showdown at Easter Road against Hibs on Friday night.

Did you think Morelos deserved to be shown a second yellow card, and do you think Gerrard is correct to have such an obvious dig at referee Don Robertson?

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