as reported in dailyrecord.co.uk,

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, it is not a big talking matter.

“It is just a clear mistake and we are trying to get it resurrected and we see how it pans out.

“I just think we need common sense in the game and if mistakes occur we should have a panel in place to resurrect them, not just from a Rangers point of view from a football point of view.

“If clear mistakes are made you should be able to resurrect them.”

Asked if he had received an explanation for Candeias’ second yellow card, the Gers boss said:

“No, that’s an on-going matter.

“You have seen the statement that the club have realised. I haven’t got any more to add to the statement only that I am disappointed with the outcome.

“I was hoping common sense would prevail, it hasn’t so far.

“So we carry on pursuing it as a club.

“I don’t expect anything, I will wait and see what happens and how it prevails.”

Rangers released an attack on Collum (Image: SNS Group 0141 221 3602)

Rangers statement, released just hours before Gerrard’s side crashed to defeat in Moscow, read: “It defies belief that this same referee, who got it so blatantly wrong last Saturday, is awarded one of the biggest matches in Scottish football this weekend while Daniel Candeias is denied the right to go to his work. This, frankly, is unacceptable.

“Furthermore, it is understood that a number of people within the Scottish FA are in no doubt Mr Collum’s judgment was flawed and Rangers shall also now be submitting a formal complaint about the performance of this referee. The manner in which he reacted to an incident involving our player made it obvious he did not give due consideration to his decision.

“This is by no means the first time errors of judgment have been made in matches involving this official and clearly there is an underlying issue which requires to be addressed.”

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