Steven Gerrard: Scott Brown antagonised my players

Glasgow Rangers boss Steven Gerrard claims Celtic’s captain Scott Brown has antagonised his players during today’s Old Firm derby at Celtic Park.

Celtic won 2-1 at the Old Firm derby against Glasgow Rangers earlier today thanks to James Forest’s winner in the 87th minute of the game.

The visitors finished the match with nine players, as Alfredo Morelos and Andy Halliday were sent off in 31st and 97th minute respectively.

Rangers manager Steven Gerrard believes both sides need to be punished because the Celtic skipper Scott Brown antagonised his players throughout the whole match.

“You’re playing against a player who loves to antagonise. Morelos and [Ryan] Kent are both provoked. Celtic fans have the right to celebrate but to do it right in your face, Halliday has the right to protect his own people,” he said via Sky Sports.

“The guy who antagonised it all from the beginning deserves to be punished as well. When you’re provoked, it’s only fair that both sides get punished in my view.

“We’ve hurt ourselves badly this season with a lack of discipline. I’ve given my players the benefit of the doubt on too many times.

“The gap was already big and it’s even bigger now. The buck stops with me and I’m ready for that. We will move forward from this and try to finish the season as strong as we can.”

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Scott Brown, however, believes Morelos deserved to be sent off, as the Rangers forward saw red for the fifth time this season.

“He gave me an elbow, and you can’t do that in modern-day football, the amount of cameras there are,” said Brown.

“It was all about us today. It’s about our performance. We dictated play in the first half, and in the second we have to dig deep.”

Celtic is now 13 points ahead of Glasgow Rangers on the top of the Scottish Premiership. It is probably enough to win their eighth championship in a row.

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