FORMER Sevco Rangers striker Billy Dodds believes Steven Gerrard was “naive” to hit out after the Ibrox side’s 1-1 draw at Aberdeen yesterday.
The Liverpool legend was unhappy at the early red card for Colombian frontman Alfredo Morelos, claiming “it seems like the world is against us”.
He also insisted “more decisions will go against us as the season goes on” and “it’s been happening for a good while”.
Dodds said: “He is trying to install an ‘everyone doesn’t like us’ attitude. He is attempting to rally his players to make sure they know what is required to win games for Rangers.
“I can see what he is trying to do, but I think he has been a little bit naive in coming out with that.
“But he is very focused and knows what he wants to do. He knows the standards that need to be set to change that mentality about the club.
“They definitely showed it on the park yesterday – I thought Rangers were excellent. But maybe he is regretting he said that.
“I thought he was calm and collected during the game, so I was quite surprised he said that afterwards.”
Morelos was sent off in the 12th minute at Pittodrie after kicking out at Dons defender Scott McKenna, who Gerrard said had “barged” his player “quite clearly”.
However, Dodds believes the actions of Morelos, who scored 18 goals in his first season at Ibrox, place a question mark over his future at the club.
He added: “I said after the game, could that be the end of Morelos? It was stupidity. You just can’t do that.
“Steven Gerrard said before the game that we have to show composure and not get caught up in the fixture, and then suddenly one of his players goes and does that.
“Morelos needs to show consistency – whether it is goalscoring, his reaction to things like that, his mood swings.
“I will be interested to see how Steven Gerrard handles that type of thing, with regard to Morelos.”