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Gerrard Blasts Officials After Strange Excuse For Not Awarding Penalty

Gerrard Blasts Officials After Strange Excuse For Not Awarding Penalty

Rangers may have secured a 1-0 win over Livingston this afternoon, but it was not enough to close the gap to Celtic at the top the league. Kristoffer Ajer's late winner ensured Neil Lennon's side would get all three points against Aberdeen, with Rangers then playing catchup in their fixture.

They would also get the win, even if the scoreline was a lot closer than they would have liked. Scott Arfield scored the only goal of the game but Steven Gerrard felt his team should have had at least a couple more.

Speaking after the game, he said that Alfredo Morelos' offside goal should have stood, while he believed that Rangers were denied a clear penalty after a handball in the Livingston box. What's more, he really wasn't happy with the excuse he was given for not awarding the spot kick:

I was disappointed in the officials today, I must say.

Alfredo Morelos’ goal is onside and there is a stonewall penalty. 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.

But after a win the timing is right and I must say I was disappointed in them today. When they look back at their performance they will be disappointed.

There was a blatant handball. The referee said it is because of the conditions he didn’t mean it. He said to Connor Goldson he couldn’t give it because of the conditions.

That is a new one...

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.

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 today that would have been a 3-0. If we score the penalty, which I am not sure you would back us right now. We could have been out of sight and more comfortable if the officiating was better.

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Rangers currently sit ten points behind Celtic, having played one game less. They now face into a Europa League tie against Braga, with a league game at St. Johnstone sandwiched in between the two games.

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