Andy Walker has questioned whether Rangers and Celtic are being held to higher standards than the rest of the Scottish Premiership after the last SFA controversies.

Both Old Firm clubs have come under the SFA microscope of late for incidents involving their players as the case for the ‘trial by TV‘ theory continues.

Celtic captain Scott Brown was recently cleared of a misconduct charge after his elbow on Kilmarnock’s Aaron Tshibola was reviewed by a panel of three referees and Albian Ajeti also escaped with no punishment for apparent simulation in the same game.


Meanwhile Rangers have felt the full wrath of the SFA after bans to their two key strikers.

Alfredo Morelos was handed a three-match ban on February 1 for an alleged stamp v Hibernian while Kemar Roofe received a two-match sentence for a challenge against St Johnstone that only earned a yellow card at the time.

In his weekly Sky Sports column Walker noted the problems facing the top sides in Scotland, saying: “Are Celtic and Rangers players held to a higher standard of behaviour because there are more cameras at their games? If so, that’s not right.

“If the clubs are serious about making the game as fair as possible, they should get together and lobby for positive change.”


Rangers are the real recipients of the SFA ineptitude

Walker is right to point out the deficiencies from those supposedly in charge of Scottish football but his Celtic bias looks to have stopped him short in detailing the main victims in all of this.

As his piece mentions Celtic have got off with two decisions against Kilmarnock so they are not really feeling the full effect of the SFA.

On the other hand the Light Blues have been hit with the full force of the law in recent weeks with Morelos and now Roofe meted out severe punishments for debatable incidents.

Both of them will now be missing for Saturday’s clash with Kilmarnock and Steven Gerrard will likely have to turn to Cedric Itten to lead the line as the Gers bid to bounce back from their Hamilton disappointment.

Even the SFA cannot stop the Premiership title party edging ever nearer but serious questions need to be raised about their decisions going forward as Gerrard and his coaching staff continue to be hampered by bizarre decisions from those above.

In other Rangers news, Steven Naismith reacts to Roofe’s suspension.


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