Seething Steven Gerrard slammed John Beaton after his red card, insisting officials showed a lack of respect as he asked for an explanation for Alfredo Morelos' yellow card.

The Colombian striker was booked for diving in a first half flashpoint against Livingston, with replays showing that he was clipped by Max Stryjek.

Gerrard stormed on to the pitch at half-time to remonstrate with Beaton and was shown two yellow cards in quick succession.

And despite his side's win the Rangers boss was still furious after the 1-0 victory.

It was put to the manager on Sky Sports that Morelos maybe could have had a penalty.

An incredulous Gerrard replied: "Maybe should have had a penalty?

"It's 100 per cent a penalty.

"I'm someone who wants to support officials as much as I can because I realise how hard the job is, and I'll go with one of the officials making a mistake. A genuine mistake, I'll go with that.

"But I can't have three making the same mistake.

"John Beaton's looking at it clearly, the linesman's looking at is clearly and the fourth official's looking at it clearly.

"I've got the worst view of everyone and I can see it clearly.

"So I'll go with one mistake, and I'll keep trying to do everything I can to support officials. But I can't have it when three make the same mistake.

"It's bang out of order."

Gerrard was then asked if Rangers would be appealing the yellow card showed to Morelos for simulation.

He said: "We'll definitely appeal it because it's out of order that Alfredo gets a yellow card for something where he does nothing wrong.

"We should have got a penalty, that could have been an earlier breakthrough and we could have gone on and won the game a lot more comfortably.

"But what I think that did is galvanise us even more and make us stick together even more.

"We carried on fighting all the way to the end and we got out of the game what we wanted.

"I asked for an explanation at half-time and the explanation I wanted is how can three people miss the same incident when they're looking straight at it.

"That's the only explanation I wanted.

"Ok, I got a little bit emotional which I apologise for but at this level with those experienced officials you expect better.

"I just wanted a conversation, he didn't look at me. He walked away from me.

"He said to me he wanted to speak to me inside but how can you speak inside if we're all in separate stands? It's impossible.

"I don't feel like I've done anything wrong expect ask for an explanation. That's all."

It was then put to the Rangers boss that Stuart Kettlewell had a similar incident with Beaton on the same ground.

Gerrard responded: "That's none of my business.

"The officials do a fantastic job, they do the best they can and I want to support that.

"I don't want to talk about referees after games but when there are three of them making the same blatant mistake I think that's a problem."

However, Gerrard insisted that the incident hadn't affected Morelos.

He said: "Don't worry about Morelos, he's just scored the winner and he's dancing around there to 'Sweet Caroline' with no top on.

"He's fine.

"It's difficult to take the emotion out because you're trying to get over the line and you're the manager of a club that hasn't won the league for 10 years.

"Your fans are desperate to get over the line and get there.

"As I say, if this was one official making a blatant mistake that he gets wrong in the normal speed of play I'll go with that.

"Ok, we all make them. But I can't have three making the same mistake.

"You try speaking to the fourth official and they won't look at you in the eye.

"You go and speak to John at half-time and he won't speak to you, wants to speak to you inside but you're in separate stands. It's impossible.

"I don't want anything to happen, I'll take my medicine and we'll move on.

"This is on me, this has got nothing to do with any other manager or any other club.

"This is on me. I'll go and enjoy this win, I'll get a good sleep tonight and get my team ready for St Mirren.

"Whatever letters come my way I'll deal with them."

The flashpoint was a rare highlight in a dull game, but Rangers got a vital win.

And Gerrard was delighted with a win at a tough ground.

He said: "I think we deserved it, I think we showed patience but I think we showed a lot of spirit tonight, a lot of determination.

"This is a really tough place to come against a good football team and they challenge you, they go direct and ask questions of you.

"I thought we really stood up to that tonight and we deserved our clean sheet, Allan (McGregor) has had a relatively quiet night.

"We kept trying to ask questions, I'd like us to be a little bit more creative at times but it's a tough place too do that. We faced that earlier on in the season.

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"But we never gave up, we kept going and it took us right to the end to get the breakthrough but I thought we deserved that.

"We said to the players when we prepared for this game that it might not look like the game we wanted it to in terms of style, it might not be a lovely game of possession when we're trying to get our flair players in good areas of the pitch and trying to entertain.

"It's about getting results at this stage of the season and not many come here and win. So to do that, the boys deserve a lot of credit.

"You've got to dig in and do the ugly stuff of the game really well and you can't make any mistakes.

"We've completed this challenge, ok we haven't done it in style with lots of goals and we haven't created lots of chances but we've done enough and deserved to win.

"If you look at the turn of the year we've gone to Aberdeen and won, Hibs we've gone and won, here, and they're probably the three hardest away games outside the Old Firm.

"So the players were outstanding.

"It's about finding a way, different teams are going to set different challenges for you.

"It's not easy, the pitch is tough and the conditions are tough. You're playing against a team that have just got to a final and have been on an excellent run, Davie (Martindale) has them fired-up and as not many people come here and take maximum points.

"We're really pleased, we deserve it, and it takes us one step closer to what we want to get to."