Steven Gerrard hits out after Rangers captain dodges a lighter in Scotland's latest missile-throwing shame
Motherwell 0 Rangers 3
Rangers boss Steven Gerrard says it is about time the penny dropped with supporters after Scottish football suffered its latest missile-throwing shame.
After a campaign that has been dogged by objects raining down from the stands as well as pitch invasions and offensive chants, the Ibrox manager admits he is fed up discussing unsavoury antics on the terraces.
Light Blues captain James Tavernier became the latest player to be targeted by louts when he had to dodge a lighter thrown from the home support during the Light Blues' clash with Motherwell at Fir Park.
Referee Nick Walsh stopped the action after Tavernier was targeted as he ran over to the far touchline to take a throw-in.
The official took action when he called in police and stewards to surround the section housing the home side's ultras group.
The incident did not deter Gerrard's side as they claimed the win thanks to Scott Arfield's first career hat-trick but the Rangers boss confessed he was frustrated seeing his team's display once again overshadowed by the behaviour of fans.
"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 going on in world football," he said.
"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."— BBC Sport Scotland (@BBCSportScot) April 8, 2019
Missile-throwing "needs to stop", says Steven Gerrard. https://t.co/Sk6ScIlOUr pic.twitter.com/G9dYzdyaf1
"It seems like we're trying to send messages out every time we speak to the media, which is a shame.
"It's dangerous for the players when there are objects thrown on to the pitch. It needs to stop."
Motherwell started the brighter of the two teams but contributed to their own downfall with three defensive blunders.
First Tom Aldred tried to cut out Jermain Defoe's through ball to Arfield on 22 minutes but succeeded only in playing the Canada international into an even better position to score.
His defensive partner Charles Dunne then sold team-mate David Turnbull short with a pass allowing Rangers to steal possession and again tee up Arfield.
His treble was wrapped up on the hour mark when the Steelmen were again suckered by Rangers' relentless pressing as Gerrard was left purring.
The Ibrox boss added: "We were certainly very clinical in front of goal. Scott's finishes were all excellent in different ways.
"You've got to give Sean Dyche the credit for (seeing Arfield in a more advanced position of late). I played against Scott many times when he played that narrow left-sided role for Burnley.
"He's very effective at it but he can do it from both sides. He's a clever individual on the pitch."
Well boss Stephen Robinson vowed to stick by his new high-risk game plan despite the defeat.
He said: "We cost ourselves the game. I don't think there was any great Rangers play which won the game - it came from three individual errors."
MOTHERWELL: Gillespie, Tait, Aldred, Campbell, Main (Cadden, 65 mins), Ariyibi (Frear, 65 mins), Grimshaw, Dunne, Rodriguez-Gorrin, Turnbull, Hastie (Scott, 77 mins). Unused subs: Ferguson, McHugh, Hartley, Semple.
RANGERS: McGregor, Tavernier, Katic, Goldson, Flanagan, Kamara (Halliday, 84 mins), Jack, Davis (Grezda, 79 mins), Candeias, Arfield (McCrorie, 71 mins), Defoe. Unused subs: Foderingham, Worrall, Lafferty, Middleton.
Referee: Nick Walsh
Man of the match: Scott Arfield
Match rating: 7/10