Ally McCoist has never really been one of the more bitter pundits in broadcasting, but he certainly showed some of his truer colours today.
Indeed, the former Rangers striker was on BT duty for Celtic’s 4-1 victory at Hamilton today. The win put Neil Lennon’s men seven points clear at the top of the Premiership, as a recognisable gap starts to open between ourselves and our Ibrox rivals.
There was also a flashpoint during the contest in which Leigh Griffiths and Sam Woods got caught in some handbags stuff. There appeared to be not a lot in it, but McCoist incredibly said the following on BT’s live coverage of the game (BT Sport 1, 02/02, 13:15):
“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.”
Celtic fans were never going to let him away with that one. Here’s a look at how some in our support reacted on social media:
I like Ally McCoist, but he's embarrassed himself saying that if Griff was Morelos it'd be a red.
— 🍔 Gastro Celtic 🍀 (@Gastro_Celtic) February 2, 2020
@btsportfootball if ally mccoist is adamant that Griffiths should've been sent off and keeps citing morelos as an example, does ally remember what this was?
This wasn't even a free kick. pic.twitter.com/SxYzFhIbyQ
— DavyBhoy (@KingsOfEurope67) February 2, 2020
Ally McCoist comments on @btsportfootball are embarrassing. Don't think Morelos even got booked when he stamped on Ralston.
— Michael Harkin (@Michaelh12113) February 2, 2020
Ally McCoist just showed his real colours there.@chris_sutton73
Does he not remember Alfredo studds on the back of Celtic player.
— MF (@MFossett1) February 2, 2020
McCoist desperately trying to appease the Ibrox mob in his comments about the Griffiths yellow card incident.
The truth is if it had been Morelos we would have been told the Hamilton player tried to place an explosive device on the sole of his boot.
— Celtic Wiki (@TheCelticWiki) February 2, 2020
Usually like McCoist's analysis, very poor using the Morelos victim card for the Griffiths incident. So a bit of perspective sorry Ally it not even a caution if it Morelos and Beaton the referee 😏
— Derek Crothers (@deaks1ey) February 2, 2020
McCoist appealing to the staunch victims saying Morelos would have been sent off for what Griffiths done means he’s cancelled. Thought he was a good pundit before.
— Aidan (@AMc88_) February 2, 2020
Ally McCoist, a normally intelligent pundit was a bit petulant with his Griffiths analysis comparing him to Morelos. Catch a grip. #HAMCEL
— Scott Agnew 👀 (@NewSystem10) February 2, 2020
McCoist, who I never have issue with, makes himself look an utter fool with comments re: Griffiths. Only put audio on post game as usual to be met with tosh.
— B Bhoy (@BromsgroveBhoy) February 2, 2020
Pointless comment to make
The big question here is why even bring Morelos into it? Was he also on the pitch or something? Last time I checked he didn’t play for Hamilton, so it’s bemusing to think of why mentioning him is even relevant.
Also, as posters have mentioned above, does McCoist not remember Morelos’ conduct during the Glasgow derby match back in December 2018 in particular? The clear stamp on Anthony Ralston that was missed by John Beaton?
Morelos gets away with plenty, let’s not kid ourselves. Did Griffiths get away with one today? Possibly when you look back at it, but let’s not pretend that Morelos would’ve got sent off for it.
It’s disappointing to hear this kind of attitude come out of McCoist. He’s normally extremely well-spoken and comes across as a positive pundit. However, these comments were totally uncharacteristic of the personality he seems to portray on TV.
Perhaps it was just the fact that McCoist realised Rangers’ title bid was faltering and saw any hope of Celtic letting them away with it being taken away. Who knows?
At the end of the day, Celtic got exactly what they deserved at the Fountain of Youth stadium – three points.