Rangers boss Steven Gerrard blasts referee after Celtic defeat

Ryan Jack goes down injured, appealing for a free kick as Celtic go up the other end and score the only goal of the game. Picture: SNS
Ryan Jack goes down injured, appealing for a free kick as Celtic go up the other end and score the only goal of the game. Picture: SNS
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Rangers boss Steven Gerrard expressed his disappointment with referee Willie Collum after losing his first Old Firm clash against Celtic.

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The former Liverpool star tasted defeat for the first time since taking control at Ibrox earlier this summer as Olivier Ntcham’s second half goal was enough to separate the sides at Parkhead.

Gerrard, though, insists his team should have had a foul in the build up to Ntcham’s winner, as Tom Rogic dispossessed Ryan Jack in Celtic territory.

Gerrard said: “It’s definitely a foul. I’ve been around the game a very, very long time and that’s a foul in my book. It’s actually a foul in the fourth official’s book as well because he’s shouting down the mic, ‘Foul, foul, foul’.

“The referee’s ignored the information - we can both see clearly it’s a foul. And they go and score a goal.”

Following the match Gerrard said he spoke to the referee, adding: “I just went in and had a calm chat and wondered why he never listened to the man on the side - the fourth official - and how he hasn’t seen a clear swipe from (Tom) Rogic on Ryan Jack.

“Ryan Jack gets his body in between the ball and the man and he gets swiped, it’s a clear foul. It’s blatant....for me it’s 100 per cent foul.”