Rangers have released a statement defending manager Steven Gerrard after the Gers boss was cited by the Scottish FA’s compliance officer for comments made after the win over Dundee United.

Gerrard suggested that, after a horror challenge on Alfredo Morelos by Ryan Edwards, had it been the other way around the Rangers star would have been shown a red card.

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As it was, Edwards was let off without any punishment for the challenge, which left Morelos needing several stitches above his knee.

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The club’s statement says that they are “bemused” by the decision to cite Gerrard for breaching Rule 72 which forbids players or managers criticising officials or questioning their competency.

Gerrard’s hearing takes place on October 8 and the club have vowed to back him completely for what they call a  “flawed and inaccurate interpretation of Steven Gerrard’s remarks.”

The Gers boss, speaking after the win over United said: “I don’t want to make any headlines and say the kid should have got this, or should have got that. I don’t want to be that type of manager.

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“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’s made that tackle.”

If that is what the Scottish FA deem to be a breach of Rule 72, the Compliance Officer is going to be VERY busy over the coming weeks.

 

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