Rangers’ title bid could end up being decided by the finest of margins.
After all, the Gers and Celtic look more evenly matched than they have in a long, long time, and with the gap at just two points and a game in hand for Steven Gerrard’s men going into the winter break, things could hardly be tighter.
With that in mind, dodgy officiating and marginal calls could have a more profound impact than ever before.
Whether it be having a penalty denied, or missing a player for a few games because of suspension, little things could have big implications come the end of the season.
But, generally speaking, these things seem to have a way of evening themselves out in the long term, and that appears to be the opinion of the Rangers boss too.
Much has been made of Ryan Christie grabbing Alfredo Morelos by the privates during the Old Firm at the end of December, so much so that the SFA have taken the retrospective decision to issue him a two game ban, as per the Daily Mail.
In response to that Hoops captain Scott Brown hit back at the ruling, claiming it was a laughable decision, as per the Daily Record.
But the boss is having none of it, and has, in no uncertain terms, made his opinion on the matter very clear.
Speaking to Sky Sports News, he said: “I think the Ryan Christie situation is for Neil Lennon to talk about and for Celtic to deal with.
“In terms of the consistency across the board with the referees and getting cited, I think all the managers are going to ask for consistency. Especially when they’re on the wrong side of it.
“Prior to that, we’ve had decisions that haven’t gone our way. A cup final went against us because of a decision, we never got a penalty up at Aberdeen.
“You can cry wolf and get the violin out if you want but the reality is, you have to get on with it.”
This is no-nonsense stuff from Gerrard, and it’s good to hear.
He’s not interested in excuses or whinging from the Bhoys, he’s only bothered about the cold hard points picked up from a win, and it’s oh so refreshing.
Moreover, how anybody can look at Christie’s grab and not deem it worthy of punitive action is a mystery.
It was blatant, it was cynical, and it deserves to be called out.