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SEEING RED: GERRARD’S ‘RESPONSIBILITY’ TO COOL IT

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STEVEN GERRARD admitted he will have to “cool it” on the touchline after Friday night’s flare-up in Rangers’ 3-0 win over 10-man Hibs at Easter Road.

The Ibrox boss got caught up in an unseemly rammy after the Edinburgh side’s defender Ryan Porteous was ordered off following a reckless challenge on Gers left-back Borna Barisic.

The wild lunge earned Porteous a straight red card and sparked an immediate uproar off the pitch with Gerrard clearly unhappy at the actions of the young centre-back.

Police and stewards had to step in and separate the staff of both clubs after they clashed following the explosive incident.

Gerrard, speaking to the Scottish Sun, said: “I’ve had a word with myself. It can’t be a regular thing because it’s not good for the image of the game.

 

 

“It’s an emotional game. We love football, we love getting results, and we love representing Rangers. Things are going to happen in the heat of the moment and you are going to react.

“We are not always going to get it right, but I think there was a realisation pretty quickly from myself and my staff that we need to look at ourselves and make sure it’s not a regular thing.

“We’ve got a responsibility to maybe cool it moving forward.

“We are honest enough to admit that. But at the same time, it was a very reckless tackle by their player on Borna Barisic and we care very much about our players.

 

 

 

 

“We care about their health and that could have been a season-ending tackle.

“So, I think part of the reaction was pretty normal, to show you care for the players and the club.

“But at the same time both sets of staff knew pretty quickly after the game that it wasn’t right, especially in front of the cameras.”

Hibs assistant boss John Potter and Gers coach Tom Culshaw were both banished by referee Nick Walsh for their part in the melee.

Gerrard knows there can be no repeat against Kilmarnock at Ibrox on Boxing Day or against Celtic at Parkhead on Sunday.

He added: “It’s football and you do get emotional from time to time. I’m not going to apologise for that.

“I know my staff care very much about the players. They love the players like their own, so I wasn’t surprised by their reaction.

“Hibs’ bench try to protect their players as well so it’s going to happen from time to time.”

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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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