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MORELOS HIT BY COIN AS GERRARD BRANDS CANDEIAS RED CARD ‘EMBARRASSING’

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ALFREDO MORELOS was struck by a coin as he celebrated his stoppage-time goal in Rangers’ 2-0 win over St Mirren in Paisley yesterday.

The Colombian striker fired an angled drive beyond Craig Samson to add to Daniel Candeias’ effort only 10 minutes beforehand.

Morelos slid on the turf in celebration when he was pelted by the object and police have confirmed they are looking into the incident.

Coming just four days after Hibs gaffer Neil Lennon was felled by a coin-throwing lout in the goalless draw against Hearts, Ibrox boss Steven Gerrard asked: “Is it going to have to take someone’s eye to come out or someone to be badly hurt from an object for us to make it stop?

“These people shouldn’t be at a football match. You just ban them forever. It’s that simple. Then it will stop.”

Gerrard also branded referee Willie Collum’s decision to send off Candeias as “embarrassing”.

The Portuguese winger was booked following running to the crowd after his late strike and was then shown a second yellow in the wake of Morelos’ goal.

Gerrard said: “Daniel deserved his first yellow card. He was emotional and got carried away after scoring a goal.

“There was a coming together with Anton Ferdinand and he doesn’t do anything other than try to shrug the man off.”

Gerrard, speaking the press room, pointed to images on the TV screen and said: “So, Daniel gets a yellow card for that? Come on, lads. Be serious.

“The second yellow card is embarrassing. There is your evidence, that’s what you’re dealing with.”

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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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