Steven Gerrard insists that he still rates Willie Collum as referee – although the Rangers made a well-worded assault on the officials.
Collum, who retired on Friday night in Aberdeen-Hibs on Friday night after suffering a groin injury earlier in the week in the Champions League campaign, was the subject of a statement released by the Ibrox club on Thursday after his controversial dismissal by Daniel Candeias in the victory against St. Mirren last weekend.
Candeias got a second yellow card after an exchange with Anton Ferdinand, where the center-back of the saints seemed to be the attacker. The SFA then rejected an appeal against this warning, with the Rangers claiming a false identity.
Steven Gerrard says Willie Collum is a good referee, despite the Rangers' written attacks on officials
Gerrard was also dissatisfied with Collum when he failed to defeat Ryan Jack in the run-up to Oliver Ntcham, who scored the only goal of the Old Firm derby in September at Celtic Park.
The conclusion of the Rangers concluding that Collum concluded had survived a poor season and said: "This is by no means the first time that mistakes have been made in games involving this officer, and obviously there is a basic problem that needs to be addressed. "
The Ibrox manager, however, said before the Premiership meeting on Sunday with Motherwell – which Candeias will miss by a suspension – "These are not my words. I do not want to talk about a single referee.
"At Celtic, there was a situation we were unhappy about. There is a situation in St. Mirren that we are not happy about.
"Do we think he is a good referee? Yes, is it my responsibility to support referees in this country? Yes, that's right.
"But I am also human and must give my opinion if we feel hard. I have to let the powers decide what comes out of it. "
Collum dismissed Daniel Candeias controversially during the victory over St. Mirren last weekend
Gerrard added: "I think he (Collum) is generally a good referee. He was selected by UEFA as referee. It is not a personal topic at all. We all make mistakes, we are all human. "
Nonetheless, the Rangers boss remains reputed to show Candeias a second yellow card while pointing to Ferdinand's part of the incident.
"I went to the referee after the match," Gerrard continued. He said he (Candeias) provoked someone. I can not see it. I looked back at the pictures and saw them live.
"I saw that he had a normal conversation with the goalkeeper, there was no problem."
I saw Anton Ferdinand putting his hands around his neck and nudging his chin. I'm not sure if Daniel Candeias provoked anyone.
Rangers manager Gerrard insisted that he (Collum) is generally a good referee. "
Did he stir up the crowd? Yes. Did he earn a yellow card? Yes.
Did he earn two? In my opinion no. Should common sense prevail? Yes. Is it? I doubt that.
"I do not knock on the door of a referee, unless I think I have a valid conversation. I will not be emotional or try to intimidate a referee.
"He gave his explanation and I told him that I disagreed with it, shook hands and I left."
Gerrard admits that he is still dealing with the riots in Scotland's disciplinary process, but supports the club's request to allow wider dismissals for two yellow cards. Currently, warnings can only be challenged in case of false identity or simulation.
"It's what it is, it's life up here," said the former English captain. Can it improve? . Yes & # 39;