Thursday 20 June 2019

Gerrard uncritical as nine-man Gers progress

Rangers manager Steven Gerrard. Photo: PA
Rangers manager Steven Gerrard. Photo: PA Sportsdesk

Steven Gerrard refused to criticise Alfredo Morelos and Jon Flanagan after their dismissals left Rangers' Europa League hopes hanging in the balance.

Gers were forced to endure a nail-biting final 25 minutes after being reduced to nine men against Ufa in Russia but held on for a 1-1 draw which sealed their ticket to the group stages on a 2-1 aggregate scoreline.

Morelos was dismissed having collected two quick-fire bookings for a petulant first-half outburst at German referee Tobias Stieler, while Flanagan followed him down the tunnel after the break as he picked up a pair of yellows.

However, Gerarrd insisted afterwards: "I'm not going to criticise the two red cards because those two players have helped us very much since I came in the door. We go up together and we go down together.

"I'm sure Jon and Alfredo will apologise to their team-mates but in terms of the nine who were there start to finish, I haven't got words to describe them."

Meanwhile, Burnley's European adventure came to an end as they lost 4-2 on aggregate after a 1-1 draw with Olympiakos at Turf Moore.

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