Seething Steven Gerrard insists nobody will stop him celebrating making Rangers history as he sweats on a potential title touchline ban after he was sent off for unleashing an f-bomb blast at John Beaton.
The raging Light Blues boss was red carded after letting rip at Beaton during a half-time rant after being denied a first half penalty when Alfredo Morelos was booked for diving against Livingston.
Morelos went on to score the vital winner three minutes from time at the Tony Macaroni Arena and leave the Light Blues just four points from their first title in a decade.
Gerrard had to watch the winning goal from the stand and is now sweating on further SFA action but insists he isn’t concerned as he blasted the officials for missing the spot-kick and Beaton for snubbing him afterwards.
Gerrard’s blast was picked up Sky Sports TV microphones as he fumed: “So you’re not speaking to me? I know why you’re not speaking to me - because you were fucking bang wrong. You’re bang out of order.”
Gerrard could now be in hot water with the SFA for the incident which doesn’t fall under the fast-track category but, despite the prospect of clinching the title at Parkhead on March 21, he isn’t concerned about being forced to sit in the stand.
He said: “If someone wants to stop me being on the side of a pitch, don’t worry - I’ll celebrate when the time comes. I’m not worried. I’m looking forward to beating St Mirren. That’s my only worry.
“It’s a blatant penalty, it’s a stonewaller. I’m someone who wants to support officials because we are all human and we will make a mistake.
“But what I can’t stand for at this level is three people making the same mistake. They all had clear views of it. I could see it and I’m the furthest away.
“There are three officials at this level who all got it wrong together - I can’t have that. I asked for an explanation and he refused to speak to me.
“You are talking about officials at a top level of the game. I’ll go with one making a mistake, because we are all human. But I can’t have it when three make the same mistake and are all looking at the incident. That’s unfair.
“I’ll go with a mistake from one of them but not three. It’s not right, it’s not fair. It’s a stonewaller and it’s bang out of order. I think I’m entitled to a conversation but obviously not. We will definitely appeal it (the yellow card).”
Gerrard was delighted that Morelos had the last laugh with his 14th goal of the season to settle a stuffy encounter against the beaten Betfred Cup finalists.
He said: “That’s what top strikers do, they are in the right place at the right time. I thought at one point it wasn’t going to be his night but, credit to him, he never gave up.
“The team showed really good patience. We stuck with it and we have shown all season that we are not going to go away. We are three points closer to where we want to be - we are so close now.
“We just need to win the next game and take maximum points and we’ll see what happens from there. We just need to keep winning. We need to rest now.
“The game will come on us pretty fast. We’ll make a few changes for the weekend and we’ll get ready for St Mirren. We’ve shown all season that we’ve evolved.
“We’re ready to compete and challenge. We’ve shown a tremendous level of consistency. We came here early in the season and played everything in front of Livingston. We didn’t have a cutting edge.
“We never asked enough questions. Tonight we did. I thought the game was going to go away from us and it would be two points dropped. But I think we got what we deserved.
“You can’t question the fight and the spirit and determination to win games in this group now.”