Chris Sutton has hit out at Rangers manager Steven Gerrard on Twitter for comments he made after the Old Firm.
The Gers boss reacted to the retrospective decision to hand Celtic midfielder Ryan Christie a two game ban for a grab on Alfredo Morelos by saying: “You can cry wolf and get the violin out if you want but the reality is, you have to get on with it”, as per Sky Sports.
The Daily Record then published a piece quoting Gerrard in which he complained that other sides in Scotland have an agenda designed to “kill” Morelos’ career.
Sutton then took to Twitter to share that story, along with the caption: “Is that a violin out?”.
Is that a violin out?? https://t.co/WDscWoD04m
— Chris Sutton (@chris_sutton73) January 9, 2020
Does Sutton have a point?
As per usual when he’s talking about Rangers, no.
It seems as if every opportunity Sutton has to disparage the Gers, he pounces on with both hands.
In this case, he’s comparing apples and oranges.
There is no way that any impartial observer can look at the Christie grab on Morelos and see anything other than a cynical, quite nasty challenge that was designed to impede an opponent.
In that instance, a ban is justified.
By comparison, it does feel as if there are certain teams, Celtic included, who go out of their way to target and antagonise Morelos in the hope that he will lose his temper and get himself in trouble.
As such, Gerrard is well within his right to speak out, just as he was well within his right to tell the Hoops to get on with it when their man was justifiably punished.