Former Celtic star Kris Commons has hit back at comparisons between striker Leigh Griffiths and rival forward Alfredo Morelos after the weekend’s Scottish Premiership action, writing in his Scottish Daily Mail column (03/02 print edition, Verdict supplement page 20).
Griffiths faced criticism after finding himself entangled with Hamilton defender Sam Woods. In the ensuing handbags, he was pushed by another Hamilton player before giving a bit back.
He received a yellow card for the incident, though some have suggested he should have been given a red.
Ally McCoist seemed particularly upset, bizarrely bringing up Morelos on BT’s live coverage of the game (BT Sport 1, 02/02, 13:15), saying: “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. I’ll say one thing to you. Alfredo Morelos – red card.”
Now, Sky Sports pundit Commons has hit back at that kind of criticism.
Although believing Griffiths showed a bit of indiscipline, the former Hoops star has hit back at the suggestion of a ‘stamp’, also not holding back on those who rushed to point to the treatment of Morelos by referees.
Writing in his Scottish Daily Mail column (03/02 print edition, Verdict supplement page 20), he said: “I’m sick of hearing this argument from Rangers fans about: ‘Oh, if that was Alfredo Morelos, it would be a nailed-on red card.’ Please, for everyone’s sake, stop banging that drum.
“It’s nonsense which empowers these morons who view Scottish football as some kind of points-scoring extravaganza of whataboutery. For Griffiths, it’s a case of finding his happy place and just enjoying his football once again.”
A nothing incident
Griffiths could probably do with keeping himself to himself in matches moving forward. We don’t need him being quick to anger.
However, there was very little in this incident and people seem to be looking for a drama that isn’t even there.
The referee got the yellow card call spot on.
The Scotland international is a tenacious performer and going up against the physicality of Scottish defenders is more than entitled to hang in against them.
Hopefully, we see Griffiths in the starting eleven for a while yet as it appears he’s getting back to top scoring form.