STEVEN GERRARD was fuming after Joe Aribo had to have 20 stitches inserted in a head wound following Rangers’ 1-0 Betfred League Cup quarter-final win at Livingston last night.

The Ibrox boss, whose side will now meet Hearts in the semi-final in November, saw his team struggle for lengthy periods against Gary Holt’s outfit.

The tie was settled in the fourth minute when a shot from Glen Kamara took a wicked deflection off Mikey Devlin and was diverted high into the net.

While Gerrard seethed, his opposite number Holt also believed the visitors were fortunate when Swedish centre-back Filip Helander avoided a red card for a last-man challenge on Lyndon Dykes in the first half.

However, the Gers gaffer insisted the home side had no room for complaint on that front given their physical approach to the match.

While refusing to criticise Ricki Lamie, the Liverpool legend believes the defender should have been dismissed by referee Don Robertson for an elbow on Aribo that forced his substitution after just 22 minutes.

Gerrard, speaking to the Daily Mail, said: “It’s interesting him saying that we got away with one. Don’t take me there – don’t take me there.”

Pressed for his thoughts, he continued: “There were a few head knocks – and a couple the last time we played this team, as well.

“Is it skirting close to dangerous play? You are the people who have to write about that and have an opinion on that. A boy has just gone off with 20 stitches in his head.

“Now, I have watched Lamie long enough to know he is not that type of player. I’m not accusing him of anything out of order.

“But that is serious foul play because he has led with the elbow and Joe has been caught. Unfortunately he will be missing for a short while with 20 stitches in his forehead, but it is what it is.

“‘You could see he was gushing with blood, but the doctor did a fantastic job.

“He’s bandaged up and he went straight home, so we will see how he is. But he will certainly be out for the weekend.”

Looking forward to the semi-final, Gerrard added: “It is a very tough draw. Hearts look like they have turned the corner.

“But we all want to get to the League Cup final now. That’s what the supporters want and demand.”


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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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