The Livingston boss slammed Gerrard in our sister title The Sunday Mail for the remarks, accusing him of "naivety".

The Gers gaffer insists there was nothing disrespectful to Holt's side in his suggestion and that his opponent needs to revisit what was actually said.

Rangers were comfortable throughout the game and should have won by more than the winning margin of two after a strong performance

And Gerrard was keen to stress that he was attempting to make a wider point about the way head injuries are treated in our game.

"I didn't say it was an elbow, I said it was a forearm and that he led with the arm.

"I also defended (Ricki) Lamie and said he wasn't a dirty player, so he needs to check his facts before he replies.

"All I said was that we had quite a few head injuries and had the physio on a lot. I asked for protection for my players and his players and eveyone else in the league for that matter so that's all I said.

"If he has a problem with that, fine, no problem but that's all I said."

Reflecting on the game itself, Gerrard was delighted with a diligent performance on a tough pitch.

He said: "It was a really strong performance. We have come here and competed very well. At the right times we have shown really good quality.

"The first goal, with Scott's pass and Aribo's finish, the two of them have come into the team today so very pleased for them both.

"Buff's was very good. He showed great strength and he's dug one out into the corner. It's an excellent finish.

"I thought we were dominant throughout and I'm really pleased."

While Gerrard was satisfied with the team performance he also singled out goalscorers Alfredo Morelos and Joe Aribo for special praise.

"He deserves all the credit he gets. He's a superb centre forward. This season he's come back and really focused on his football.

"We have seen that week in, week out and if we provide service for him he will keep getting goals.

"It's important that we keep talking about him for the right reasons and we have been so far this season."

  

"He was on the end of a nasty injury last time but he's recovered well. I spoke to him yesterday about coming here and playing. He's been training ever so well, he's fresh today coming in and he showed that in his performance. I thought he was outstanding."

Ryan Kent limped off in the second half with an injury but the manager allayed fears that it could be a serious issue.

He said: "It's a bad dead leg and one that he's tried to run off but it was just getting stiffer and stiffer.

"You could see he wasn't running properly so with good substitutes we changed it."