Steven Gerrard comments on terrible crutch plaguing Scottish football
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Rangers manager Steven Gerrard says fan trouble "needs to stop"

Rangers boss Steven Gerrard has slammed the fan or fans who threw objects at Rangers captain James Tavernier in Sunday’s 3-0 hammering of Motherwell at Fir Park.
The latest fan-related incident comes after a coconut was thrown into the pitch during the Edinburgh derby. Both incidences of fan trouble also come during a spate of high-profile incidents involving supporters and players.
Steven Gerrard says it’s time it stopped.

Steven Gerrard was in the stand for the trip to Motherwell yesterday. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

“It’s a sad thing to see in this league but there’s a lot of it going on and there’s a lot of other sad stuff that’s going on in world football,” said Gerrard, as quoted by The Guardian. “It seems like we’re trying to send messages out every time we speak to the media, which is a shame.
“It’s dangerous for the players when there are objects thrown on to the pitch, whether it be a lighter or whatever it may be. It needs to stop.”

This recent spate of incidents is plaguing Scottish football

It’s not the first time James Tavernier has been targeted by opposition supporters either. The flying wing-back was assaulted by a Hibs fan who invaded the pitch as Tavernier tried to take a throw-in at Easter Road.
Tavernier raged at Hibs when that happened [originally Sky Sports]. But Rangers have found themselves at the heart of issues themselves this season.
A Rangers fan also assaulted an assistant referee with a coin back in November, whilst Alfredo Morelos was assaulted with a coin against St. Mirren.

James Tavernier’s reaction to the Motherwell supporters earned him plaudits on Twitter. (photo by Vagelis Georgariou/Action Plus via Getty Images)

It’s not just Rangers either. There have plenty more with other clubs too. For example, a Celtic fan threw a firecracker on to the pitch during a recent match with St. Mirren.
And whilst there’s no doubt it’s been an explosive season, Gerrard is clear that he believes any fireworks should remain between players.

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