STEVEN GERRARD has fired a final warning to his Rangers players and told them they will be “severely punished” if they step out of line.

The Ibrox boss, preparing for today’s midday kick-off against Hearts at Tynecastle, was reacting after video clips emerged of English defender Joe Worrall saying “f*** Celtic” and making an offensive gesture to the camera.

The on-loan Nottingham Forest player was filmed following the club’s Player of the Year function.

Gerrard has spoken to his squad since then to ram home the fact he expects better conduct and that they will be “severely punished” if there is any repeat.

Asked about the Worrall clip, the Liverpool legend, speaking to the Evening Times, answered: “I have seen it and I have spoken to the players about it.

“We will deal with that internally, but I have made it quite clear that I was unhappy about it and about the conduct.

“Hopefully, after the words said to the players, situations like that won’t happen again.

“If they do, players will be severely punished for it.”

Worrell’s loan period expires at the end of the campaign, but the Ibrox outfit could request a 12-month extension.

Ironically, it will be former Celtic boss Martin O’Neill, who took over at the City Ground this season after leaving the Republic of Ireland post, who will have the final say.


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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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