Rangers have, embarrassingly, appealed the decision to have Alfredo Morelos sent off against Aberdeen last night.
The Ibrox club picked up an impressive 4-2 win at Pittodrie yesterday over Aberdeen. But the main talking point from that one has been a ridiculous kick from Morelos on Scott McKenna. Let’s not be delusional though – McKenna threw out a kick himself.
But Rangers have decided to, once again, appeal a lash-out from their Colombian hothead.
So what has this got to do with Celtic, some might ask? Absolutely everything.
Rangers have appealed against Alfredo Morelos' sending off against Aberdeen on Wednesday – the striker's third dismissal against the Pittodrie club this term.
— BBC Sport Scotland (@BBCSportScot) February 7, 2019
Rangers are just six points behind the Hoops. Just as he incredibly got away with a dangerous kick on Scott Brown, he could well do so yet again on McKenna. If anything, he’s becoming a danger to opposition players with his recklessness.
Whether you like Morelos as a player or not – and he’s a talented finisher in my view – he’s an absolute liability with his feet. But, sensationally, the SFA have seen nothing wrong with him lashing out at opposition players this season.
Not his first misdemeanor
He got away with one on McKenna on the first day of the season. He got away with another on Brown. So if he gets away with it for a third time, Celtic and the rest of Scottish football have to come out and call it for what it would be – a disgrace.
McKenna deserves every bit of a red card that Morelos receives too. Even though Morelos clearly dives at Pittodrie to pretend he’s been kicked full-pelt, McKenna shouldn’t be swiping out at him.
Celtic, however, would have every right to feel the goalposts are being moved for Rangers here. Before this season, kicking out at opposition players was a red card in Scottish football. Since Morelos decided to start it, however, he’s not been banned for it.
Steve Clarke made a good start in taking a stand against unfair treatment going Rangers’ way. But if Morelos gets away with yet another kick-out, he comes a danger to opposition players.
Here’s hoping the SFA finally see some sense and suspend both players for the incident. Mind you, seeing sense isn’t something the SFA have been doing this season regarding Rangers.