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GERRARD IN REF RAGE

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RAGING Rangers gaffer Steven Gerrard insists blundering match officials cost his side a 3-0 win over Livingston at Ibrox yesterday.

The Govan boss had to be content with a solitary strike from Scott Arfield to give his side a victory that keeps them 10 points behind Celtic although, of course, they have a game in hand.

Gerrard, though, was seething at referee Euan Anderson and his assistants for wrongly ruling out an Alfredo Morelos ‘goal’ for offside and denying his side a stonewall penalty-kick when it looked as though Livi defender Ciaron Brown had handled a swirling corner-kick.

Speaking to the Scottish Sun, he said: “I don’t like talking about officials, especially after a defeat, because you can look like you have the violins out or are looking for excuses.

GOAL…Scott Arfield fires in the winner against Livi.

NO GOAL…Alfredo Morelos, just in front of Arfield, is ruled offside.

NO GOAL…Florian Kamberi looks offside as he gathers Alfredo Morelos’ pass before putting the ball in the net.

“But after a win I think the timing is right and I must say I was disappointed in them.

“The result is very important to us, but people will probably look at the highlights of this game and think Rangers rode their luck because they hit the post.

“But if we had the right officials that would have been a 3-0. If we score the penalty, we could have been out of sight and more comfortable if the officiating was better.”

Gerrard was further angered when his players confirmed the match official spotted Brown’s handball, but failed to give it.

He said: “It is a blatant handball. The referee said to Connor Goldson ‘I couldn’t give it because of the conditions, he didn’t mean it’. Yeah, that is a new one.

“This is what I am saying, we could have been in a much more comfortable position.

“It will look like we have rode our luck, but I am really pleased with the players.”

Gerrard added: “I’m disappointed in the officials, I must say. I think when they look back at their performance they will be disappointed. I just think at this level you expect decisions like that to be right and that is all I ask.

“I don’t ask for favouritism at all, I just ask for them to be right.

“I think he got the second one just right (when Florian Kamberi put the ball in the net), but normally that might go for you. We accept that one.

“Morelos one is onside and there is a stonewall penalty.”

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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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