Kilmarnock boss Steve Clarke seems to have annoyed his Rangers counterpart Steven Gerrard.

The issue that has cropped up on this occasion is referees.

Gerrard was unhappy with recent comments by Clarke that Rangers’ Jermaine Defoe should have faced a retrospective ban for diving.

“I’m surprised by Steve’s comments and disappointed by them as well” Gerrard told the Evening Times.

“I think it lacks class when you try and get an opposition player banned for two games when you’re about to play them in two games’ time.”

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The game Gerrard refers to is the Scottish Cup tie between the side at Rugby Park on Saturday.

The comments from Clarke seem to have rattled Gerrard, who has been provoked into a response. In a way it is good mind-games from the Kilmarnock manager ahead of a big game.

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On the other hand, the comments from both managers could put the referee under huge pressure going into the cup tie.

The game was already intriguing before this spat, as Kilmarnock recently defeated Rangers 2-1 in the Scottish Premiership.

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The comments from both bosses have only added to the drama.

Both teams are in action before the cup tie, in midweek league action. Kilmarnock take a trip to Dundee whilst Rangers go to Pittodrie to play Aberdeen in matches both sides will be looking to win.



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