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Gerrard blast as another missile throwing incident mars Rangers victory

Hat’s brilliant: Scott Arfield celebrates his hat-trick in Rangers’ 3-0 win at Motherwell
Hat’s brilliant: Scott Arfield celebrates his hat-trick in Rangers’ 3-0 win at Motherwell

By Ronnie Esplin

Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has called on missile throwers to stop harming Scottish football.

The shocking trend of crowd misconduct continued when a cigarette lighter was thrown in the direction of Gers captain James Tavernier during his side's 3-0 win at Motherwell.

Referee Nick Walsh picked the lighter up and handed it to a police officer at the side of the Fir Park pitch. There were also three arrests at Saturday's Hibs-Hearts Edinburgh derby, two for objects thrown from the crowd, including a coconut.

wAnd a firecracker was thrown onto the pitch during Celtic's 2-0 win at St Mirren last week.

"It's dangerous for the players when there are objects thrown on to the pitch, whether it be a lighter or whatever it may be. It needs to stop," said Gerrard.

"It seems like we're trying to send messages out every time we speak to the media, which is a shame. It's a sad thing to see in this league but there's a lot of it going on and there's a lot of other sad stuff that's going on in world football."

Scott Arfield's hat-trick cut Celtic's Scottish Premiership lead to 11 points with five matches remaining.

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