STEVEN GERRARD had no complaints with referee Don Robertson’s decision to order off Ross McCrorie in Rangers’ 2-0 win over St Mirren at Ibrox yesterday.

However, the new Gers boss has warned his players they need to behave after seeing them reduced to 10 men for the second successive week.

Alfredo Morelos was back in the line-up against Alan Stubbs’ Paisley outfit after having his dismissal at Aberdeen overturned on appeal.

GOAL No.1…Alfredo Morelos blasts a low shot away from Craig Samson.

The Colombian gave Gerrard’s men the lead and stand-in skipper Connor Goldson nodded in a second, but the feelgood factor was spoiled when McCrorie was red-carded for a last-man lunge on Saints striker Nicolai Brock-Madsen.

Gerrard said: “I’m very happy with the result and performance in the circumstances. Again, we’ve gone down to 10 men. I thought that was the correct decision. The referee got that one right.

“The response from my team was good, every single one of them rolled their sleeves up and did what they had to do.

“I was pleased with the clean sheet. I would have liked to keep 11 on the pitch and maybe win the game more emphatically, but at the end of the day it’s all about three points.

“The sending-off was completely different to last week when we felt hard done by, said our piece and got justice in terms of the decision being overturned.

“I thought the officials were really, really good pn this occasion. I’ve spoken to the team and praised them for the result.

GOAL No.2…Connor Goldson (extreme right) heads into the corner with Samson helpless.

“But I’ve also spoken about discipline and composure. It’s difficult enough with 11 men. We’re picking up too many red and yellow cards for my liking. But we’ll learn, grow and keep going.”

Saints gaffer Stubbs added: “It’s tough enough as it is when you come to Ibrox and try to get a result, but we’ve gifted Rangers two goals.

“That’s what makes it even more disappointing. Danny Muller hit the crossbar and on another day that might go in. They are the things you need to fall for you in these games.”


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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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