Steven Gerrard shot down a journalist who tried to drag him into the SPL debate on referees – and it was an intelligent move from the former midfielder.

The SFA’s referees and retrospective panel have come under huge fire recently. It’s been for a mixture of high profile decisions and backtracking.

It has been a murky week in this regard. Both Kilmarnock manager Steve Clarke and Aberdeen have been vocal. Celtic player Craig Gordon also hinted that teams get decisions based on the panel’s allegiance.

Steven Gerrard didn’t mince his words in the pre-match conference. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Steven Gerrard doesn’t bite

After earlier in the season suggesting “the world is against us”, Gerrard was quite right to keep quiet.

In this debate, there are really no winners. It was a poor and desperate show from the journalist who tried pulling him into it, but Gerrard replied with control.

“I’m not interested in talking about referees or the SFA,” he said. “I’m here to talk about the Dundee game.”

Focusing on the football

Gerrard has successfully taken the conversation on referees away from Rangers next game and puts it squarely on the football.

Had the Rangers manager spoke out or gave an opinion, the referee would be so closely scrutinised in tomorrow’s game. The Rangers squad and management can now focus on the football.

Rangers now have to focus on delivering a performance for the fans tomorrow after the Old Firm defeat.

Not on referees or their decision making.