Ally McCoist has claimed that if Rangers striker Alfredo Morelos had been involved in the incident that Leigh Griffiths was yesterday, he would have been sent off for it.
The Celtic striker seemed to stamp on an opponent during his side’s 4-1 win over Hamilton on Sunday afternoon.
A furious shoving match ensued, before the 29-year-old was eventually shown a yellow card, along with Accies player Alex Gogic.
But McCoist believes that the reaction would have been very different had Morelos committed the hotheaded act.
Speaking on BT Sport, as per the Scottish Sun, he said: “My initial reaction was I wasn’t too sure. After seeing it again I think it’s a red card.
“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.
“He gets involved here for some reason. He could turn the opposite way, he doesn’t, he lifts his right leg and puts it down.
“I’ll say one thing to you. Alfredo Morelos – red card.”
Does McCoist have a point here?
It’s always risky business to criticise a referee in a manner that may hint at some kind of bias, but you would have to agree with McCoist here.
The stamp from Griffiths – because let’s face it, it was deliberate – was nasty, cynical, and could have cause serious injury.
That should be a red card in anybody’s book. The fact that it wasn’t could just mean that the ref hasn’t seen it, but at the very least, the lack of an outcry in the aftermath speaks volumes.
Why isn’t Chris Sutton tweeting about it furiously? Why isn’t John Hartson criticising it with the ardency that he was when Morelos made his hand gesture in the Old Firm?
In no way was the Colombian’s moment of madness at Parkhead excusable either, but it would appear at the moment that some people are more bothered about a perceived threat than actual violence itself.