Alan Brazil has branded Alfredo Morelos a cheat after the Rangers striker was booked last night for diving in the 1-0 victory over Livingston.
Morelos was brought down by Livi goalkeeper Max Stryjek in the first half for what appeared to be a blatant foul. Referee John Beaton didn’t see it that way, booking the Colombian for simulation.
Manager Steven Gerrard was shown two yellow cards at half time for dissent as he pleaded his striker’s innocence. He watched the stands, but it was Morelos who had the last laugh, tapping in the only goal after 87 minutes.
Ally McCoist and Brazil were discussing the incident this morning on talkSPORT [06.45]. Brazil, unsurprisingly, had the view that the correct decision was made, whilst McCoist saw sense.
“Morelos gets brought down for a penalty, yet another penalty we didn’t get Alan,” said the Rangers legend.
Brazil replied: “Hold on, hold on. What do you mean he was brought down?”
McCoist argued back: “He was, the keeper brought him down. It’s a stonewall penalty. The referee then books Morelos for diving.”
Brazil responded by saying: “Good. At long last we’re getting decent referee’s in Scotland. There’s no doubt about it he’s a cheat, he’s just a cheat.”
It’s clear and obvious for all to see that we should have had a penalty in the first half of the game last night. Of our 74 goals scored in the top-flight this season just six have been penalties, three at Ibrox and three away.
However, according to WhoScored, this is the joint second-highest in the league. The only team to have been awarded more are Aberdeen with seven. It appears that across the board not many penalty decisions are given.
This shouldn’t take away from the fact that this is stonewall. Beaton won’t want to see that one again, understandably Gerrard was furious.
Having played at the highest level all his career, the boss has immaculate standards in all aspects of the sport and emotion got the better of him here. Despite the controversy, we’re now just four points away from our first Premiership title in ten years.
If we defeat St Mirren at Ibrox on Saturday, and Celtic drop points to Dundee the following day, the title is ours. Gerrard will go down in Rangers folk law for his achievements at the club.
It looks as though we can pull off an invincible league season. We have a kind draw in Europe also, another competition in which we’re yet to lose. I’m sure, in hindsight, he won’t be worried about the red card, or a pundit calling his star striker diver.
In other Rangers news, Kris Boyd has slammed the fans for their fireworks display in the win v Livingston.