Rangers might’ve secured a double boost today but the club’s frustrations with the SFA disciplinary process continue as friction persists between Ibrox, Hampden, and the officiating of football matches in Scotland.

Rangers have expressed frustrations at multiple points this season over the disciplinary process largely pertaining to a lack of consistency in retrospective action.

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Rangers boss Steven Gerrard confronts referee John Beaton. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

This time around, Rangers found themselves back on the agenda at Scotland’s national stadium with Alfredo Morelos’ yellow card for simulation against Livingston over-turned on appeal.

The Colombian striker was taken out by Livingston goalkeeper Max Stryek and Rangers should’ve had a penalty for the incident

Ibrox manager Steven Gerrard was also cited by the SFA for the incident involving referee John Beaton where the Liverpool legend was sent to the stands for remonstrating over the Morelos decision.

The SFA offered Steven Gerrard a one-match ban for his role in the incident or the opportunity to appeal to the decision at an SFA hearing on March 25th.

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However whilst a Rangers statement has confirmed Steven Gerrard’s acceptance of the ban the Ibrox gaffer didn’t miss as he criticised the conduct of John Beaton on the pitch.

The manager also revealed to fans that the club’s feeling on this has been made “very clear” to head of referee operations Crawford Allan.


“After the game, I immediately apologised for my part in the incident at half time in our game v Livingston,” said Gerrard [Rangers].

“I reiterate that apology and accept a one game suspension. As a club, we were extremely disappointed in the attitude displayed by the referee.

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The rescinding of Morelos’ yellow is a boost but the striker would have the last laugh on the night, scoring the only goal in the 1-0 win over Livingston. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

“We expect to have the ability for managers and officials to have discussion, but frustratingly, the referee was not forthcoming. This has also been noted by other managers in recent weeks.

“After my apology post match, I expected the referee to call to apologise for his part in the incident but I didn’t hear from him.

“Ross Wilson had a long, frank and honest discussion with Crawford Allan today.

“Be in no doubt that our concerns have been made very clear and we are pleased that they were received openly by Crawford.”

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Rangers boss Steven Gerrard didn’t miss in criticising John Beaton after the Hampden judgment. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Gers boss Gerrard will now sit out Saturday’s game against St Mirren but will be back in the dugout for the trip to Celtic in a major boost if the title is to go to the match at Parkhead.

Read more about how Celtic fans are asking their side to “throw” the match with Dundee United because they’re terrified of Rangers winning the title at Parkhead.

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