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WATCH: Rangers boss Gerrard defends Kent after thumping Brown

Rangers boss Steven Gerrard defended on-loan Liverpool winger Ryan Kent after he dropped Celtic captain Scott Brown during a white hot Old Firm derby on Sunday.

Kent remarkably avoided punishment despite PUNCHING Brown in Celtic's 2-1 win.

Referee Bobby Madden had already dished out one red card earlier in the match to Gers striker Alfredo Morelos, after he threw an elbow at Brown.

Gerrard said: "You're playing against a player who loves to antagonise. Morelos and Kent are both provoked.

"Celtic fans have the right to celebrate but to do it right in your race, Halliday has the right to protect his own people.

"The guy who antagonised it all from the beginning deserves to be punished as well. When you're provoked, it's only fair that both sides get punished in my view."

Asked about the Ryan Kent confrontation after Forrest's winner, Brown said he could not recall it, and when pressed on his altercation with Andy Halliday, he added: "He came up to me at the end to congratulate me.

"It was always going to be a hard game, but the fans were exceptional. We got a few injuries but we soldiered on. Rangers played well, but we managed to win the game and that's all that matters."


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