Steven Gerrard maintains that he still judges Willie Collum as a referee – despite Rangers making a powerfully formulated attack on the match official.
Collum, who withdrew from the Aberdeen-Hibs game on Friday night after recording a groin injury during the Champions League service earlier this week, was the subject of a statement released by the Ibrox club Thursday showing that she was to file a formal complaint with the SFA following his controversial dismissal of Daniel Candeias in last weekend's victory at St Mirren.
Candeias collected a second yellow card after an exchange with Anton Ferdinand in which the Saints middleback appeared to be the attacker. The SFA subsequently rejected an appeal against that caution, whereby Rangers claimed to have a wrong identity.
Steven Gerrard says that Willie Collum is a good referee, despite the written attack by Rangers on the official
Gerrard was also not happy with Collum when he failed to make a mistake on Ryan Jack in the run-up to Oliver Ntcham who scored the only goal from the derby of Old Company at Celtic Park.
Rangers' statement, concluded with deducting Collum, had a bad season and said: "This is certainly not the first time mistakes have been made in competitions with this officer and there is clearly an underlying issue that needs to be addressed. & # 39;
In anticipation of the Sunday Premiership meeting with Motherwell – who will miss Candeias during the suspension – the Ibrox manager said: "It's not my words. I do not want to talk about an individual referee.
& # 39; There was a situation at Celtic where we talked about being unhappy. There is a situation at St Mirren that we are not happy with.
& # 39; Do we think he is a good referee? Yes. Is it my responsibility to support referees in this country? Yes.
& # 39; But I am also a human being and I have to give my opinion if we feel hard for it. I must let those in power decide what the outcome is. & # 39;
Collum rejected controversial Daniel Candeias during last weekend's victory at St Mirren
Gerrard added: "I think he (Collum) is generally a good referee, he was chosen by UEFA as a referee. It is not a personal problem at all. We all make mistakes, we are all human. & # 39;
Yet the boss of the Rangers remains stunned by the call to show Candeias a second yellow card when he pointed to the share of Ferdinand in the incident.
& # 39; I went to the referee after the game, & # 39; Gerrard continued. "He said that he (prov.) Had provoked someone. I can not see it. I have viewed the photos and seen it live.
& # 39; I saw him having a normal conversation with the keeper, there was no problem.
& # 39; I saw Anton Ferdinand put his hands around his neck and put him on the chin. I'm not sure if Daniel Candeias provoked anyone.
Rangers manager Gerrard insisted: & # 39; I think he (Collum) is generally a good referee & # 39;
& # 39; Has he urged the crowd? Yes. Did he earn a yellow card? Yes.
& # 39; Does he earn two? In my opinion, no. Should common sense prevail? Yes. Will it? I doubt it.
I do not knock on the door of a referee unless I think I have a valid conversation. I'm not going to be emotional or try to intimidate a referee.
"He gave his explanation and I told him I did not agree. We shook hands and I left. & # 39;
Gerrard admits that he still has to deal with the vagaries of the disciplinary system in Scotland, but supported the club's appeal to make wider redundancy appeals possible for two yellow cards. At present, warnings can only be disputed in cases of wrong identity or simulation.
& # 39; It is what it is, it is life here, & # 39; said the captain of the former England. & # 39; Can it improve? Yes. & # 39;