Steven Gerrard outlined his frustration over striker Alfredo Morelos’ red card in Rangers’ 2-1 defeat to Celtic on Sunday.
The Columbian striker has been in excellent goalscoring form for Rangers this season but his discipline has continually let him down as he picked up his fifth red card of the season.
Morelos elbowed Celtic captain Scott Brown in the first half and received his marching orders as Rangers went on to lose the game by 2-1 thanks to a late James Forrest winner.
The Old Firm was played in typically feisty conditions with a number of flashpoints occurring during and after the game.
Speaking after his side’s defeat which now sees them 13 points behind their Glasgow rivals, Gerrard outlined that he cannot defend Morelos’ actions any more.
“I’ll deal with that internally. He will be punished. The punishment will be financial and the money will go to the supporters who went to the game today. I think it’s only right. He’s let his teammates and the club down again.
“I can’t defend him anymore. I think I’ve gone above and beyond. He’s still a fantastic player, I’ll still protect him, but it gets to a line and he was probably already above that line with me. I can’t defend it anymore. I will recommend to the board that he is fined a week’s wages and I will also recommend that that money goes to the fans.”
😡 "I will deal with it internally. I can't defend him anymore. He will be punished"
Steven Gerrard left furious with Alfredo Morelos after his red card in the #OldFirm today.
— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) March 31, 2019
Morelos’ ill-discipline has been costly this season and despite Ryan Kent’s equaliser for ten-man Rangers, Gerrard’s side could not hold out for a point as Celtic close in on their 8th league title in a row.
Former Rangers striker Kris Boyd was also critical of Morelos, feeling, like Gerrard, there is no defending his actions.
“It’s a straight red – there’s no defending him. It’s incredible that someone who has performed this season and is arguably the player of the season has been sent off five times for stupid things. It’s things he doesn’t need to get involved in.
“I’m sick of hearing Rangers fans say he gets wound up. That’s why they do it. It’s a disgrace. Players throwing their arms about at this level, is a disgrace.”