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‘BIZARRE’: GERS HIT BACK AT GERRARD CHARGE

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RANGERS have hit back after Steven Gerrard was hit with an SFA notice of complaint.

The Ibrox boss is in hot water following his comments about Ryan Edward’s tackle on Alfredo Morelos in the recent 4-0 win over Dundee United in Glasgow.

The Colombian striker was stretchered off with a gashed leg after the clash while the Tannadice midfielder escaped punishment.

Gerrard has now been charged by the SFA for his post-match comments regarding the challenge – leaving club bosses fuming.

A club spokesperson, speaking to the Scottish Sun, said: “Rangers are bemused that a notice of complaint has been raised against Steven Gerrard, for comments relating to the challenge which caused injury to Alfredo Morelos.

“This is a bizarre charge which we will robustly contest at the scheduled hearing.

“As is often the case, Steven Gerrard was asked for his view on a flashpoint in the match, with leading questions relating to the challenge that caused the injury and whether it should have been deemed a red card. On several occasions, he refused to do so.

“Given the wide range of incidents in Scottish football so far this season, we are perplexed that this issue has been raised and cited for complaint.

“Whilst our national sport faces an unprecedented crisis, it is baffling that resources are used to charge Rangers’ manager based on a flawed and inaccurate interpretation of Steven Gerrard’s remarks.

“Rangers will fully support its manager against this charge during the scheduled hearing.”

Gerrard is now concentrating on the club’s crucial Europa League third qualifier against Willem II which will take place in Holland tomorrow with an 8pm kick-off.

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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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