sport news Steven Gerrard defends hot-headed Rangers' players after red cards

A little leeway and a lot of love has been afforded to Rangers players who have seen red this season, Steven Gerrard intent on being the last person to leap on them for leaving team-mates in the lurch.

The petulant indiscipline and trigger temper of Alfredo Morelos, now sent off twice this season after his red card in Russia, would snap the patience of many a manager.

But Gerrard defended the Colombian to the hilt, as he did Jon Flanagan, whose two yellow cards reduced Rangers to clinging on with nine men against Ufa to reach the Europa League group stage.

Steven Gerrard has defended Alfredo Morelos and Jon Flanagan after red cards

Steven Gerrard has defended Alfredo Morelos and Jon Flanagan after red cards

Perhaps by way of explanation, there are the hot-headed actions of Gerrard the player. Of his eight career red cards with Liverpool and England, two came in Merseyside derbies and another two against .

He admits he became more hyped up as rivalry games neared and that on not all occasions was that channelled appropriately.

Take his actions on March 22, 2015 when lasting less than a minute as a second-half substitute for a red-mist introduction featuring a tackle on Juan Mata then a stamp on Ander Herrera against bitter rivals United.

Or did that have something to do with today's opponent, Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers, dropping him to the bench for one of the biggest games of Gerrard's final season for Liverpool?

Morelos has been sent off twice already this season including in Europa League qualifier

Morelos has been sent off twice already this season including in Europa League qualifier

He recalled: 'The Man United one is unexplainable. I was only on for about 43 seconds. But I think that sending off had been coming since the Thursday, to be honest! Ever since I found out I wasn't going to start.

'I was a player who played on emotion and that's where I felt my

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