Saturday 15 December 2018

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.

Who is your sportstar of the year?

Vote in the Irish Independent Sport Star Awards and you could win the ultimate sports prize.

Prizes include, a trip to Old Trafford to watch Man United take on Liverpool in the Premier League, tickets to Ireland's home games in the Six Nations, All Ireland football and hurling final tickets and much more.

Simply click here to register your vote

Irish Independent

Sport Newsletter

The best sport action straight to your inbox every morning.

Editor's Choice

Also in Sport