Rangers boss Steven Gerrard SENT OFF at half-time in Livingston clash after Alfredo Morelos was denied a penalty… and is now at risk of missing his side’s chance of securing their first title in 10 years this weekend
- Steven Gerrard was sent off at half time after clashing with referee John Beaton
- Gerrard was furious Alfredo Morelos was not awarded a penalty at Livingston
- The Colombian was instead booked for diving after Max Stryjek’s challenge
- Gerrard initially received a yellow before his booking was upgraded to a red
Steven Gerrard is at risk of miss Rangers lifting their first Scottish Premiership title since 2011 after being sent off at half-time in his side’s match against Livingston for dissent.
The former Liverpool and England midfielder confronted referee John Beaton as the players and officials made their way off at the break, furious that Alfredo Morelos had been denied a penalty after a challenge by Livingston goalkeeper Max Stryjek.
The Colombian went through on goal and knocked the ball past the Pole before going down under the goalkeeper’s challenge.
Steven Gerrard is at risk of missing Rangers lift their first title since 2011 after being sent off
Gerrard was sent off at half-time by John Beaton in Rangers’ match against Livingston
The striker appealed for a penalty but was instead booked for diving, albeit with replays appearing to show there was contact between the pair.
The incident led to a furious Gerrard approaching Beaton and saying: ‘You’re not speaking to me?’, to which Beaton could be heard replying: ‘I can’t’.
Gerrard then continued, adding: ‘I know why you’re not speaking to me, cos that’s f****** bang wrong that. You’re bang out of order.’
His words saw him initially received the same punishment as Morelos, but the 40-year-old continued his remonstrations and a few seconds later his booking was upgraded to a red card following a second yellow card.
The incident saw Gerrard make his way over to make his complaints to the officials
Gerrard was furious after Morelos was booked for diving following Max Stryjek’s challenge
The former midfielder was therefore forced to watch the second half from the stands, as Morelos claimed his revenge by netting an 87th minute winner.
Gerrard now faces an anxious wait over further punishment which could keep him away from the touchline for upcoming games – where his side could potentially be crowned champions for the first time in a decade.
Rangers currently lead Celtic by 18 points and could officially end their arch rivals’ quest for an unprecedented 10 Premiership crowns in a row as soon as this weekend, with just seven matches of the season remaining.
Gerrard’s men face St Mirren on Saturday before Celtic travel to Dundee United the following day, and should Rangers win and John Kennedy’s men lose, the title will be wrapped up well before the second Old Firm derby of the season towards the end of the month.
And after being initially shown a yellow card, he continued his protests and was duly sent off
Morelos however had the last laugh as he netted an 87th minute winner for the visitors
Rangers boss Steven Gerrard sent off at half-time in Livingston clash