The Bulletin: Gerrard struggling to stick up for his players | Rodgers defends his team selection

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Rangers boss Steven Gerrard says he’s struggling to stick up for his players over their poor discipline. Alfredo Morelos picked up the club’s eighth red card of the season last night against Aberdeen and Gerrard says Kyle Lafferty could have been sent off too.

And Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers has defended his team selection after his side drew 1-1 with Motherwell last night. Rodgers made seven changes from the side that won the League Cup final on Sunday.

The Herald’s Stewart Fisher has said that footballers have a responsibility to show kids how to lose, as well as how to win.

In rugby, Glasgow Warriors full back Stuart Hogg says he is determined to help his side progress in Europe before he leaves the club at the end of the season.

And in golf, Colin Montgomerie says that Rory McIlroy’s decision to focus on US tournaments is a gamble. McIlroy also appears to have jeopardised his chances of future Ryder Cup captaincy after the introduction of new regulations governing eligibility.

Liverpool defender Virgil Van Dijk has told the Scottish Sun that his time at Celtic was “amazing” and made him into the player he is today.

Dundee manager Jim McIntyre has praised Kenny Miller after the veteran striker scored a hat-trick against Hamilton last night, report the Sun.

The Daily Record are reporting that Aberdeen’s Derek McInnes gave Scott McKenna a pep talk before last night’s game at Ibrox, demanding more goals from the centre back.

Hibernian assistant manager Garry Parker has warned his under-performing players that they could be replaced if they don’t improve, according to the Scotsman.

In an interview with the Press and Journal, Ross County defender Tom Grivosti says he knows what to expect from Stephen Dobbie ahead of their match against Queen of the South.