Steven Gerrard has accused Don Robertson of being desperate to send off Alfredo Morelos at today’s match against Motherwell.
Last season the striker was sent off five times but this term he has managed to avoid justice from Scottish referees.
Against Celtic in the final of the League Cup last week he was warned twice by Willie Collum during the first half but got through four more fouls after the break unpunished.
It looked like that run of good fortune would continue today but after 59 minutes he picked up a yellow card for a typical follow through as a Motherwell defender cleared the ball.
After scoring his side’s second goal today Morelos made his way towards a group of Motherwell fans where he made gestures that Robertson decided was worth a second yellow card.
STV reported Gerrard saying:
As I said, we have no complaints about the red card but I felt he was desperate to give out a red card today. I had that feeling from the side, which is unfortunate because our player does get that type of abuse.
Alfredo was unplayable. It is a setback today, he knows that, we know that. I’m sure he hates getting punished in the pocket so hopefully he will get back on the horse and continue to improve in that area.
Morelos will be suspended for Friday’s match away to Hibs, on Thursday Ryan Jack was sent off against Young Boys of Berne meaning that he will be suspended for the first leg of the Europa League Round of 32.