Alan Hutton admits he is relieved to see Steven Gerrard cleared of comments made after Rangers beat Motherwell in September.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Gers defender insists there was little wrong with what the Light Blues’ boss said about Ryan Edwards’ tackle on Alfredo Morelos.
In a statement issued on Monday, Rangers said they were “unsurprised” the case had been dropped but that they “remain bemused” that a charge had been brought against the 40-year-old.
🆕CLUB STATEMENT: #RangersFC are unsurprised at the outcome of todays hearing but remain bemused that the charge was brought against our manager Steven Gerrard in the first place.
We now look forward to focussing on more important matters on the field of play. pic.twitter.com/obbS0XLm2M
— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) October 12, 2020
Gerrard said: “What would be interesting is if it was the other way around what the decision would have been.”
Hutton, who was part of the RangersTV team who interviewed the manager after the game, admits he did not see anything wrong with the comments and suggests it is just a warning from the officials.
Hutton told Football Insider: “I was there, emotions run high, it was a bad tackle but nowadays you can’t say anything so you get pressed into giving your comment, which you give, and he didn’t really say anything bad.
“He just said look, if it was the other way about, Morelos would probably be getting a red card or whatever, it wasn’t that bad a comment.
“I think it’s a slap on the wrists, be careful what you’re saying, the ref makes the decisions and you can’t really go against it so I’m glad he was cleared of it because can you imagine having to sit in the stands (v Celtic)? You want to be on the touchline with the boys and helping them through.
“I’m glad they’ve seen sense and moved on from it. I understand you can’t go against certain things but every game managers are getting pressed into, whether it’s a penalty or handball decision, to give their opinion.
“That’s all it is, his opinion and I don’t think he’s speaking out of turn. I think it would have been really harsh for him to get into bother for what he said.”
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