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Hibs boss slams referee for calling Steven Gerrard to apologise

In last week’s 1-1 draw with Hibs, Rangers boss Steven Gerrard was very angry at referee Steven McLean after what he believed was a foul that went unpunished, which led to Florian Kamberi’s equalising goal.

Rangers already were on thin ice in the title race and the draw may have killed off their slim hopes, as the ‘Gers are now eight points behind Celtic with four matches to play.

In the days following the match, McLean called Gerrard to apologise, something that Hibs boss Paul Heckingbottom believes sets a dangerous precedent.

“I have never had that happen to me before. But I have not been up here long – so maybe they haven’t got my number yet!

“But I won’t be expecting the same [treatment]. He [McLean] shouldn’t be doing it. It was foolish.

“Was I surprised? Yeah, really surprised. I think it was an error of judgment and I don’t know what the leadership is or what the guidelines are but it’s not going to help.

“I can guarantee that, 100 per cent.”

Rangers host Kilmarnock on Saturday. Anything but a victory and a Celtic win would result in the Hoops claiming their eighth-straight title.