Celtic and Liverpool legend Kenny Dalglish has thrown his support behind Rangers boss Steven Gerrard after the former Anfield midfielder was charged by the SFA.
Dalglish was speaking after the SFA decided to cite Gerrard for comments he made about a disgraceful challenge on Rangers striker Alfredo Morelos by Dundee United’s Ryan Edwards.
Gerrard was left frustrated after the challenge – which saw Morelos stretchered off – and suggested the decision not to blow a foul or card the player might’ve been different with the roles reversed.
Here’s what the Ibrox gaffer said on RangersTV:
“I don’t want to say the kid should have got this or should have got that. I don’t want to be that type of manager.
“But what I would say is I’d be very interested to see what the decision would have been from the officials if the shoe was on the other foot and it was Alfredo who’d made that tackle.”
This resulted in the Gers gaffer being charged by the footballing authorities with a “bemused” Rangers announcing their intentions to contest the charge.
Liverpool legend Kenny Dalglish took to his latest column in the Sunday Post to back the Ibrox gaffer up and claims he’d get his lawyer involved and raise the question of defamation of character.
“When I heard about the Notice of Complaint served to Steven Gerrard by the SFA on Wednesday night, I was absolutely taken aback,” said Dalglish [Sunday Post].
“The comments he made in the post-match media conference after Rangers’ game with Dundee United earlier this month seemed to me perfectly reasonable and, in my opinion, he didn’t accuse the match referee, Kevin Clancy, of bias or incompetence.
“But the SFA compliance officer, Clare Whyte, has chosen to charge the Rangers manager for allegedly breaching Disciplinary Rule 72, and I really can’t fathom why she has chosen to do so.
“Had Steven been out of order, then he would deserve to be punished, fair and square. But his comments are far from derogatory.
“They are questioning Gerrard as a person and, rather than him maligning match officials, he, appears to me, to be the victim of unfair criticism.
“If I were in his shoes, I’d defend myself vigorously and would be giving my lawyer a ring as well.
“The SFA have reached for the rule-book but I’d be checking the law books and, in particular, the legality of being publicly accused unfairly.”
Rangers fans were left furious after Steven Gerrard was charged for the comments with the case against the Gers gaffer scheduled to be heard on October 8th.