"Some things happen during your own career and in football matches that are more important than football."
The response from Steven Gerrard was unequivocal - and much-needed on a night where Ibrox was soured.
With Slavia Prague's Ondrej Kudela coming under attack for alleged racist comments towards the Light Blues' Glen Kamara in the latter stages of the Czechs' 2-0 Europa League win, once more we are dragged back into depressing debate.
It makes you wonder how even a footballer of low-wattage intelligence feels sufficiently emboldened to think, in 2021, that they can get away with abusing an opponent in the manner Kudela allegedly did on Thursday night.
Perhaps it is because of the backward behaviour of a disproportionate number of fans in certain eastern European countries which gives players ideas.
It also follows complaints by Inter Milan's Romelu Lukaku that he was on the receiving end of racism from Slavia fans. Such a pattern of behaviour is totally unacceptable.
Depressingly, as Slavia's players boarded their coach, a couple of generous goal-kicks away from Ibrox on the banks of the Clyde on Friday morning, homeward bound, their deserved triumph was relegated to a footnote compared to the depths allegedly plunged by Kudela who, expectedly, remained tight-lipped.
The response from Slavia Prague's hierarchy was also jittery and lacking in conviction. It could only have compounded to how raw and hurt Kamara must have felt.
By the time the Czechs' manager Jindrich Trpisovsky was leaving Scotland, there was still no official statement from Uefa about this latest disgrace. The same Uefa that has a blizzard of anti-racist messages inside football stadia and every other platform. Carefully fashioned PR slogans from marketing departments are one thing; being confronted and dancing around the reality of the scourge of alleged racism on a pitch in one of their major competitions is, seemingly, another.
Gerrard, along with Rangers managing director Stewart Robertson and Chairman Douglas Park, made the club's position clear with the Uefa delegate at the end of the last-16 tie.
And given that Kamara - as laid back a footballer as you could possibly be at this level - appeared furious with Kudela at the end of the Light Blues' defeat, it's obvious the matter will run.
Ultimately though, for all the taking the knee, education, the grassroots anti-racist work done in the game, these incidents reappear. Sadly, a "sickened" Gerrard voiced the opinion that what he would like to happen to the player and Slavia won't happen. Isn't that the truth?
In terms of Rangers exiting the Europa League, their disappointment is understandable, but it also has to be placed in perspective: for instance, a brittle Tottenham squad, valued at around £600m, crashed out of the same competition against £90m Dinamo Zagreb.
That context will, in time, be viewed by manager Gerrard as another measure of progress in Europe. The disappointment for Rangers fans is exacerbated considering the Slavia defeat comes in the slipstream of the long-awaited Premiership title success, for which the consistent Ibrox players deserve immense credit.
Despite having overcome other sides of similar quality, this was simply one of those nights against the Czechs, in which Gerrard's men suffered their first home defeat in a year.
If there was ever something to concentrate the minds, there is now the small matter of today's Old Firm derby.
There is no such thing as a meaningless encounter with Celtic, of course, and while the Gers aim to maintain their unbeaten League run, the Parkhead clash is the biggest audition yet for John Kennedy, the Hoops' caretaker manager.
If, after clinching the title, Rangers do drop a level, Celtic can land a much-needed psychological blow by winning.
Incidentally, it's unclear where the notion first emerged, but a guard of honour for Rangers, as proposed by former Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers, was never going to gain traction here.
Football, at its sharpest edge, is not tennis. And Glasgow is not Leicester, as if idealistic Rodgers needed a gentle reminder.