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The Ibrox manager was disgusted at Alfredo Morelos picking up the team’s eighth red card of the season during the 1-0 defeat to Aberdeen having put a hand in the face of Graeme Shinnie.
Kilmarnock moved top of the pile by beating Livingston 2-0, as Celtic drew 1-1 at Motherwell.
Gerrard admitted Kyle Lafferty could also have gone after clashing with scorer Scott McKenna and leaving the Aberdeen match-winner needing stitches, having been booked for an earlier tackle.
Having spoken specifically to his players the day before the game to discuss the card count, Gerrard was left raging at the conduct.
“The first Morelos yellow for me is a little bit soft, the second one he deserves,” Gerrard said.
“We’ve got another red card which is hugely frustrating.
“We could have had another one. Lafferty is on a yellow card, but he is giving a foul away and gives another. You’re leaving the referee with an opportunity to make it nine.
“We never played with control which I asked all the team to do on Tuesday in a meeting. I’m concerned about it.
“There is only so much I can do. I’ve made it very clear they are not helping themselves. They are making their task a lot more difficult. They are putting more stress on each other, on their bodies. We miss key players for important games.
“It’s very difficult for me to back them and protect them 24 hours after a team meeting about controlling discipline.”
The performance was also sub-standard from Rangers and Gerrard added: “We got the majority of things wrong all over the pitch.
“I never felt once good about anything that we did, individually or collectively.”
Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes was beaming at team’s triumph, and said: “It’s a real shot in the arm when you see the players put so much in.
“I’ve been on at McKenna because he should be scoring more goals and what a finish it is to get it over Allan McGregor.”
McInnes’ only disappointment was the red card handed out to striker Sam Cosgrove.
He said: “Cosgrove gets the first touch. It was a coming together. I don’t think it was a foul to anyone, if anything it was a foul to us. I find it astonishing that he has been sent off for that.”
As for Celtic, Brendan Rodgers was left to rue missed chances as the Hoops spurned an opportunity to move top.
“We scored a good goal and then didn’t take the chance with the penalty and also had a good goal ruled out from Filip Benkovic,” he said.
“At that stage I wasn’t happy with our positioning and level of our game.
“In the second half our positioning was better but we were still too loose.
“Then of course if you don’t take chances you are vulnerable at the end of the game. It’s definitely two points dropped.
“We knew any threat they might have and we dealt with it in the main.
“But from our perspective it’s a poor goal to lose. We didn’t win the first ball, the second, the third and he scored from a very narrow angle. It was a disappointing goal to concede.
“But we’ll recover and look forward to playing at home as it feels like ages since we played at home.
“Kilmarnock have played a couple more games than us but it’s still really good for them to be up there and it makes the game at the weekend very important for us.”