Chris Sutton and Ally McCoist have both backed Rangers boss Steven Gerrard and slammed the inconsistencies of the SFA in the recent ‘Trial by TV’ debate.
Gerrard hit out at officials after Kemar Roofe was banned for two games following retrospective action taken on a challenge in the 1-0 win over St Johnstone on February 3, an incident for which he was only given a yellow card at the time.
Now Old Firm rivals Sutton and McCoist have joined the discussion and both lended their voice of support to the Gers manager.
"Celtic and Rangers are being singled out it seems."
"The lack of consistency is absolutely embarrassing!"
— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) February 12, 2021
Speaking on BT Sport’s ‘Scottish Football Extra [Episode 26, 12/02/21] Gers legend McCoist said: “I’m suggesting the same as Steven Gerrard is suggesting, that the lack of consistency is absolutely embarrassing.”
Parkhead favourite Sutton even agreed with him, saying: “The fact of the matter is Celtic and Rangers are being singled out, it seems.”
He added: “Yes, there is a lack of consistency because it seems to be trial by social media, trial by television. And it’s not the same across the board.
“Celtic and Rangers players, because they’re playing more on television, seem to be getting penalised.”
Who can really argue
McCoist is bang on in his assertions but it’s a surprise to see Sutton actually agree with him for once.
That is what it might actually take for officials to sit up and look themselves in the mirror over these latest fiascos.
If those with Celtic allegiances are saying the Gers are being harshly treated then you know things are bad.
Of course Sutton is wrong in seemingly claiming that the Old Firm rivals are being treated with equal weight – two Rangers players have been banned in the last few weeks while those on the other side have escaped retrospective punishments.
We’re dreaming of a world where we are not hindered by grossly unfair punishments.
Instead the club must now prepare to take on Kilmarnock in the next Premiership outing without the services of star striking duo Roofe and Alfredo Morelos for next to no reason.
18 points clear in the league, we will survive.
But patience is wearing pretty thin with those in charge right now.
In other Rangers news, Steven Gerrard says part-time referees need more help.