Ally McCoist has told BT Sport (broadcast on 2/2; 13:34) that Rangers striker Alfredo Morelos would have been sent off for the incident that saw Leigh Griffiths booked during Celtic’s win on Sunday.
Neil Lennon’s side have extended their lead over the Gers in the Scottish Premiership title race with a 4-1 win at Hamilton.
It was not just the goals that provided big talking points however, with two key incidents involving Griffiths during the first-half.
The first saw the Hoops striker clash with Sam Woods during the early stages. Griffiths appeared to step onto Woods while the Accies man was on the ground.
The home side clearly felt that the forward stamped on their teammate and a scuffle ensued. Ultimately, Griffiths was booked by the referee.
And while some – including Chris Sutton on commentary – suggested that the official had got the decision right, McCoist claimed that Griffiths could have no complaints had he been sent off.
He also insisted that Morelos would have been dismissed without hesitation had the Rangers man been in Griffiths’s position.
“The first thing I’ve got to say is we’ve clearly got the benefit of watching it seven or eight times,” he told BT Sport. “My natural reaction was I wasn’t too sure. After seeing it again I think it’s a red card. Interestingly there, I think there’s a stamp, I definitely think there’s a stamp.
“I think Leigh Griffiths has got the option of turning around and getting away from the incident, I really do. He gets involved here, he turns around for some reason, he could turn in the opposite way. He doesn’t, he lifts his right leg and puts it down. I’ll say one thing to you: Alfredo Morelos, red card.”
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It is not exactly a hot take to suggest that the standard of officiating in Scotland has been poor. And the lack of consistency across key decisions is leaving fans baffled on a weekly basis.
A quick look on social media showed the large majority of Rangers fans watching the game calling for Griffiths to be sent off. And plenty agree with McCoist that Morelos would have seen red.
Some may point to the red card he received at Aberdeen almost a year ago for stamping on Scott McKenna.
To say there is a big difference between the two incidents is ambitious.
However, Celtic supporters have pointed to an incident involving Morelos and Anthony Ralston in a previous Old Firm game. The Colombian went unpunished that day, and thus, they have insisted that that proves McCoist wrong.
Of course, it is never going to be an issue that the fans of the respective clubs agree on. But the referees do not appear to be helping the situation in the slightest.