Kris Boyd has taken aim at the top brass of Scottish football by ridiculing the constant re-refereeing of the game after Rangers were once again punished.
Kemar Roofe became the latest Gers striker to be handed retrospective punishment after his challenge against St Johnstone on February 3 was adjudged to be serious foul play by the SFA who subsequently handed him a two-match ban.
This came less than two weeks after Alfredo Morelos was given a three-match suspension for an alleged stamp in a match against Hibernian on January 27.
In his column for the Scottish Sun Boyd fumed: “The [disciplinary] process as it stands is a complete and utter shambles.
“For a start, there’s the cloak and dagger way things are done.
“They have compliance officers, and they are part of the process which looks at certain incidents. But which ones?
“Why are some players cited for disciplinary action when others escape any sort of punishment? Going over certain incidents on a Monday morning is not the answer.
“Slowing replays down and looking at snapshots of tackles is a complete and utter nonsense.”
He added: “But as things stand, our game is light years behind other countries — and it’s embarrassing.”
Is it only us playing fair?
Rangers are just one of three teams (alongside Dundee United and Livingston) yet to receive a red card in the Scottish Premiership this season.
The Light Blues have by far the best disciplinary record in the division and have accrued a meagre 22 points via bookings with the nearest side to them on 31 [transfermarkt].
But we have been meted out two bans totalling five games to two of our most key assets.
How we could have done with Morelos as the Gers struggled to a 1-1 draw at rock-bottom Hamilton last Sunday.
Cedric Itten struggled without much service and will likely be tasked once again with leading the Light Blues attack v Kilmarnock on Saturday.
The one benefit is Roofe and Morelos should be firing fit for the first leg of our crucial round of 32 Europa League tie with Royal Antwerp on Thursday but it should not be in the hands of the Scottish football authorities to decide they need to rest.
And there could be a lack of match fitness from Morelos.
The disciplinary table shows them all they need to know – the Gers are not a dirty team and should be commended for the entertainment they are bringing to the league with 68 goals this season alongside some swashbuckling performances.
Boyd is right – referee the game there and then and move on.