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‘Commendable’: Gerrard backed over Rangers red by fellow Liverpool legend Sir Kenny Dalglish

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‘Commendable’: Gerrard backed over Rangers red by fellow Liverpool legend Sir Kenny Dalglish

Steven Gerrard is set to follow in Sir Kenny Dalglish’s footsteps by becoming a legend in both Liverpool and Glasgow.

Dalglish was a hero for the city’s green and white contingent, while Gerrard stands on the brink of becoming the first Rangers manager to win a top-tier title in 10 years.

Now that the title is in touching distance, it’s understandable that emotions are charged.

The normally stoic Gerrard let rip at the Tony Macaroni Arena on Wednesday night, and was shown two yellow cards in quick succession by referee John Beaton.

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He was incensed by the decision to book Alfredo Morelos for simulation, with replays proving that the striker was in fact fouled by Livingston keeper Max Stryjek.

Having made his feelings clear to Beaton, he received a booking only to continue remonstrating and end up being forced to watch the second half from the stand.

 

Gerrard watched his side’s 3-0 win at Ibrox against St Mirren on Saturday from a similar vantage point as he served a one-game suspension, but Dalglish believes he was well within his rights.

Writing in his Sunday Post column, the Anfield and Parkhead icon said: “There is no doubt John Beaton made a mistake when he booked Alfredo Morelos for simulation last Wednesday night.

“The Rangers striker was fouled by Livingston keeper Max Stryjek, and a penalty should have been awarded.

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“Understandably, Steven Gerrard was angry, and made his feelings known to the referee at half-time, which resulted in two yellow cards and Steven being sent to the stand.

“In my opinion, it’s commendable for Steven to stand up for his players. That’s the way it should be. He was offered a one-match ban from the technical area, and he accepted it.

“Nothing is likely to happen to the referee, but Steven would not be looking for John to be punished. He is just looking for some kind of acknowledgement that a mistake was made.

There’s nothing wrong with that. It just needs to all be tidied up in a mature manner, and with common sense at the heart of it all.”

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