Steven Gerrard believes that Scott Brown should be punished for antagonising Rangers players.
In a hilarious assessment of Brown’s performance, the Rangers manager couldn’t hide his bitterness at the result.
Brown was at the heart of incidents with Alfredo Morelos, Ryan Kent, and Andy Halliday respectively. The first two threw out an elbow and arm at the Hoops captain, whilst the latter couldn’t take the result at full-time and was in a tussle with Brown.
Morelos was the only one to be sent off during the game. Halliday, meanwhile, was red-carded after the match. But Gerrard believes that Brown should somehow be punished for his part in the incidents. Speaking to BBC post-match (14:46), the Rangers manager said the following:
“You’re playing against a player who loves to antagonise. Morelos and Kent are both provoked. Celtic fans have the right to celebrate, but to do it right in your face, Halliday is right to protect his own people.
“The guy who antagonised it all from the beginning deserves to be punished as well. When you’re provoked, it’s only fair that both sides get punished in my view.”
Karma caught up with Gerrard today
At the end of the day, Rangers were victims of karma.
Morelos should’ve been sent off for a series of incidents in the last Glasgow derby back in December – something Celtic weren’t happy about. Gerrard wasn’t quick to discuss his misdemeanors there. So today was simply luck catching up with him and his star-striker.
But whether Gerrard likes it or not, antagonising opponents isn’t worthy of punishment. This seems to be nothing more than a few cute words to keep the Rangers fans onside. The reality of the situation was that his own players buckled under the pressure and mind-games of Brown.
The Celtic captain is such an easy target after Glasgow derby battles. But usually, there’s a bit more ground to it than simply winding-up opposition players. If that’s truly why Gerrard believes Brown should be punished then he needs to gather his toys and put them back in the pram.
This all reeks of a manager and club that just can’t take it. Outclassed and outperformed by better players who had extra quality has appeared to be too much for them to handle.
You would think that Gerrard would’ve been able to dust himself down and not let bitterness consume his post-match thoughts. But, just like the last time at Celtic Park, he’s failed to do so.