Steven Gerrard issues worrying transfer warning to Rangers fans | Football | Sport

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The Gers are one of a number of clubs who have had their reputation tarnished as result of crimes ranging from coin and bottle throwing, seats being ripped up and sectarian chanting.

And Gerrard says he will never shy away from calling out the idiots who make it harder for him to sell our game to players who may fear for their safety.

“Players want to come to Scotland to play in big games,” Gerrard said.

“The Scottish fans are excellent in the main, but that could be a factor in their decision making.

“When I’m talking to players, one of the things I always say is that the games here are fantastic, the intensity, the tempo, the support.

“You talk about the Ibrox crowd and going away to places like Pittodrie, Celtic Park and Easter Road.

“There’s a load of positive things to say about the support in Scotland but if these incidents continue you could have a problem attracting top players here.

“All the managers, the players and media are banging the drum trying to improve it.”

A decision on Ryan Jack’s fitness for tonight’s trip to Easter Road will be made closer to kick-off.

striker Alfredo Morelos will lead the line, as he will on Tuesday for the Scottish Cup replay against Aberdeen.

A yellow card in the quarter-final replay would see the Colombian miss a possible semi-final date with Celtic.

But Gerrard won’t drop Morelos to protect him.

“I will pick the players I think can get the job done,” he said.

“We are not in a position where we have that luxury to take players out and rest them for further down the road.

“That can smack you in the face in the short term.”



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