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Gerrard: Ryan Kent incident worsened because of this reason

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The Old Firm Derby is tough, and very competitive. So much so that Rengers and Celtic fans have a hard time resisting to stab each other. Even then 3 people were stabbed after their last match.

However, the animosity was no less on the field as Ryan Kent, on loan from Liverpool dealt a heavy blow to Celtic captain Scott Brown. He appeared to have punched Brown in the face but Gerrard says the pictures make it worse than it actually is.

Kent, a winger for Rangers faces two games out after the referee missed the incident. He was given punishment post the match for his behaviour. Rangers’ boss Gerrard is obviously defensive regarding his boy but violence of such magnitude should not have any place in football anywhere.

“We spoke to Ryan, we spoke to other players around the incident.

“We have our version of events which are totally different from what we feel has been reported or what he has been accused of and we will challenge it and see what we get from it.

“We don’t think it was violent conduct and we don’t think it was in the face, simple as that.

“It is always easy in hindsight to look at pictures which look worse than they are.

“I have known Ryan since he was eight, nine years of age, he hasn’t got a violent bone in his body.

“He has never been involved in something like this before.

“I think Ryan was merely pushing him away to get him out of his face after being provoked. That’s our side of it.

“But will see what three people on the panel and Clare (Whyte, SFA compliance officer) think and we will see what comes from it.”

– Steven Gerrard

Here’s hoping Kent avoids any further punishment from the emergency Scottish FA hearing.

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