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15 December, Saturday


Steven Gerrard reacts to Alfredo Morelos' red card in Rangers defeat

Glasgow Rangers suffered their first Scottish Premiership defeat at Ibrox this season on Wednesday.

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Steven Gerrard has told Rangers' official website that Alfredo Morelos' second yellow card in Rangers' defeat was justified, and urged his players to start showing the club some respect with their discipline.

The Gers' time at the top of the Scottish Premiership lasted just a handful of days as Aberdeen became the first side to win at Ibrox this season thanks to Scott McKenna's volley in the early stages of the contest.

The rest of the game was not without incident however, as both teams had a man sent off. Morelos was dismissed shortly after the hour-mark as a clash with Graeme Shinnie resulted in the striker receiving a second yellow card.

Shinnie certainly did all he could to make it clear that the Colombian had thrown his arm out after the ball had long gone, but there is no doubt that it was a moment of madness from the Rangers striker. And while Gerrard defended him over his first caution, he admitted to agreeing with the referee showing the second yellow.

“I think the first yellow card is very soft. I’m not sure that one is a yellow card but the second one was certainly a yellow,” he told the club's official website.

Rangers have now had a player sent off in their last three games - admittedly, Daniel Candeias' dismissal in the draw with Villarreal was somewhat baffling. There is no question that the Gers are still picking up too many red cards, but Gerrard insisted that there is not too much more that he can do anymore.

"I spoke to my team yesterday for 15 minutes on discipline, control. I spoke to them before the game in the team meeting, I've spoken to them after the game. I think it's time the players started showing the club a bit of respect - playing tough and competing, but staying on the pitch," he added.

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