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VIOLENCE AND VIOLINS: GERRARD HAS HIS SAY

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STEVEN GERRARD insists there is no point in getting “the violin out” over contentious decisions, following Celtic’s criticism of Ryan Christie’s retrospective three-match ban.

The Rangers boss was talking after the Hoops playmaker was slapped with an SFA suspension after appearing to motion a hand towards a sensitive area of Ibrox striker Alfredo Morelos in Gers’ 2-1 win at Parkhead last month.

The action was deemed as “an act of brutality” which constitutes violent conduct. The Scotland international will sit out the Scottish Cup-tie against Partick Thistle at Firhill on January 18 and the Premiership matches against Kilmarnock and Ross County.

Champions’ skipper Scott Brown branded the punishment as “laughable” while a club statement hit out at a “worrying lack of consistency” in the SFA’s disciplinary process.

Gerrard agrees there should be more consistency, but insists clubs must “get on with it” even if they disagree with the outcomes.

The Ibrox gaffer, speaking to Sky Sports News, said: “I think the Ryan Christie situation is for Neil Lennon to talk about and for Celtic to deal with.

“In terms of the consistency across the board with the referees and getting cited, I think all the managers are going to ask for consistency. Especially when they’re on the wrong side of it.

“Prior to that, we’ve had decisions that haven’t gone our way. A Cup Final went against us because of a decision, we never got a penalty up at Aberdeen.

“You can cry wolf and get the violin out if you want, but the reality is, you have to get on with it.”

Morelos could also be charged by the SFA for making a cut-throat gesture after being sent off in the closing stages of the game which saw saw the Govan club win in the east end of Glasgow for the first time in 2010.

The controversial Colombian was ordered off in stoppage-time for taking a dive in the opposition’s penalty box to earn his seventh red card in his Gers turbulent career.

 

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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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