Rangers boss Steven Gerrard defends Willie Collum and insists he is a GOOD referee despite critical club statement

By dailyrecord

Rangers boss Steven Gerrard insists he has no personal issue with Willie Collum as his defence of the under-fire referee appeared at complete odds to his club’s attack on the whistler.

Gerrard labelled Collum a “good referee in general” but called for “common sense” to prevail following the the official’s dismissal of Daniel Candeias last week.

The 30-year-old was sent off by Collum soon after Rangers scored a second goal in stoppage-time of the 2-0 win at St Mirren although footage appeared to show Anton Ferdinand had been the aggressor in a clash with the Gers player seconds earlier.

The Ibrox club released a stinging statement on Thursday announcing it would make a formal complaint over Collum after losing their appeal against Candeias’ second yellow card.

Gerrard has backed Collum (Image: Getty Images)

However, ahead of the visit of Motherwell in the Ladbrokes Premiership on Sunday, which Candeias will miss, Gerrard said of Collum: “I think he is a good referee in general, he has been picked by UEFA to be a referee.

“It is not a personal issue at all. We all make mistakes, we are all human.

“It is my responsibility to support the referees and officials in this country, …read more