The Rangers’ squad will be waking up this morning with very few complaints.
After having gone to Parkhead and picking up all three points in a fantastic win that blows the title race wide open, how could they not be delighted with their efforts on Sunday?
If there was a downside to the victory over Celtic, however, it is that Alfred Morelos was shown a red card in the closing stages in the most ridiculous of circumstances.
We had already ticked on past the four allotted minutes of stoppage time as the Colombian managed to break through the Hoops’ backline and bear down on goal with seconds remaining.
Instead of burying his effort at the second attempt, however, El Bufalo decided to hit the deck when there was clearly no contact between him and the Celtic player, leading to a second yellow card.
It was silly and rash, and we just have to hope it doesn’t come back to bite the Gers after the winter break.
He wasn’t the only player who was up to no good on Sunday though.
At one stage Ryan Christie seemed to grab the Ibrox hero by the privates, and yet somehow got away without punishment for the incident.
In fact, the grab was so obvious that it prompted Gary Lineker to share it to his personal Twitter account.
Timed to coincide with the commentator’s comment on Morelos performing a “cheeky nutmeg”, the Match of the Day host captioned his post: “He’s right”, followed by a peanut emoji.
He’s right. 🥜 pic.twitter.com/rj5Bei87FZ
— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) December 29, 2019
But while this might all seem a bit ridiculous, it does mask quite a serious point.
Morelos was dismissed for two bookable offences. The first felt a little harsh, truth be told, but fair enough.
Why then was Christie allowed to stay on the pitch after this incident when he too was on a yellow card?
Similarly, Boli Bolingoli quite clearly and cynically fouled Morelos at one point on the right wing but escaped a second booking too.
Nobody is really disputing the fact that Morelos was foolish and deserved a booking for a blatant dive, but why were there so many double standard so obviously out on display at Parkhead?