Rangers have been hit with an SFA charge after their players were deemed to have failed to conduct themselves in an orderly fashion in last month’s Old Firm, as per Superscoreboard.
The Gers beat Celtic 2-1 in a historic clash at Parkhead at the end of December to keep them within just two points of their bitter rivals heading into the winter break, with a game in hand over the Hoops.
But the performance was marred by a late sending off to Alfredo Morelos, who appeared to make a throat-slit gesture towards home fans as he left the pitch.
As well as the Colombian, the report also cites Ryan Kent, who is alleged to have made a gun salute after celebrating his opening strike, although it should be noted that neither player is directly mentioned by the SFA themselves.
There is, however, a direct complaint filed against coach Michael Beale, who was also dismissed for his reaction to Morelos’ sending off.
Beale then appeared to square up to Celtic assist John Kennedy on the touchline.
Whether or not any of this is justified is a matter of debate.
Certainly, you can understand why Morelos might be in a little bit of hot water, even if assistant manager Gary McAllister claimed that his gesture was entirely misunderstood, as per the Daily Record.
As for Beale, that kind of issue is always going to cause retrospective action, although you do have to wonder whether or not Kennedy will also be called up on it.
As far as Kent goes, however, if he is involved in this at all, it feels a little like clutching at straws. Sure, his celebration didn’t look great, and some may find it distasteful, but is it really worthy of an SFA charge and a potential fine for the Gers?
These supporters certainly, don’t think so…
The Witch Hunt continues.
— Joe 'wotta' Anderson 🏴⚽️🎮 (@_wotta) January 17, 2020
Worth it pic.twitter.com/6xqCIn0dhY
— Matt (@mt2oo8) January 17, 2020
Money well spent
— Bill Struth Stand (@Maccus74) January 17, 2020
Ouch, my feelings
— G (@gaz_ad1) January 17, 2020
— The Original Fraggl-e #55 Will Destroy Them (@1873Rickster) January 17, 2020
— Allan (@Allan111Allan) January 17, 2020
2 Weeks later. This may be the most prolonged meltdown I’ve ever seen 😂
— 𝔖𝔠𝔬𝔱𝔱 𝔅𝔞𝔯𝔦𝔰𝔦𝔠 🇭🇷 (@RakoTuke) January 17, 2020