Rangers boss Steven Gerrard fumes over TWO Motherwell fan incidents – 'It needs to stop'
Gers boss Gerrard is fed-up having to comment on the yobs who seem hell-bent on targeting players – and tarnishing the Scottish game.
Tavernier – already attacked by a fan at Hibernian this year – had the object lobbed at him by a Motherwell fan seated in the East Stand.
A Scotch pie was also tossed at the Gers full-back, who drew the matters to the attention of ref Nick Walsh. The ref will now include them in his match report to SPFL chiefs.
It follows a firework being thrown by Celtic fans at St Mirren on Wednesday and a coconut being hurled onto the pitch during Saturday’s Edinburgh derby. Rangers won 3-0 at Fir Park thanks to a Scott Arfield hat-trick.
But Gerrard was gutted he had to talk about the lunatic fringe who court controversy with dangerous actions.
He said: “It’s sad to see, but there’s a lot of it going on in this league and there’s a lot of other sad stuff going on in world football.
“It seems like we’re trying to send messages out every time we speak, which is a shame. It’s dangerous for players if objects are thrown onto the pitch, whether it’s a lighter or something else, and it needs to stop.”
Gerrard watched from the main stand as Rangers closed the gap on Celtic to 11 points as the league heads into the five post-split fixtures.
The Ibrox boss accepted a one-match ban from the SFA for comments made to ref Bobby Madden in the last Old Firm game. Rangers were also hit with an SFA charge relating to a scuffle after the 2-1 defeat to Celtic.
But Gerrard says he’s not going to rake over old coals, adding: “I’ve nothing to say on SFA charges or anything that’s gone on in the past. All I want is to talk about the team.”
Motherwell manager Stephen Robinson believes his side gifted all three points to Rangers.
Robinson has attempted to change his team’s style after criticism for long-ball tactics.
But decision-making in defensive areas while trying to pass the ball out proved his team’s undoing yesterday afternoon.
He said: “We cost ourselves the game. I don’t think there was any great Rangers play which won the game. It came from three errors.
“We don’t deal with the ball in our own box when we should clear it and that leads to the first goal.
“We are playing differently, we are playing out with the ball, it’s risk versus reward. Our decision-making was poor for the next two goals.
“But we are not going to rip everything up and say that’s not the way we are going to play. It’s about educating people when and when not to play. We’ll continue trying to progress with what we are doing.”