Michael Stewart appears to have blamed Alfredo Morelos for making him think he dived to try and win a penalty for Rangers against Livingston on Wednesday night.

Morelos, 24, eventually scored the match-winning goal for Rangers late in the game at the Tony Macaroni Arena but his side should have had a chance to take the lead from the spot in the first half.

Livi goalkeeper Max Stryjek clearly brought Morelos down inside the penalty area but referee John Beaton instantly blew up and booked the Colombia international for simulation.


Morelos didn’t protest Beaton’s decision but replays show he was clearly fouled by Stryjek.

Ex-Scotland Women international Shelley Kerr believes Beaton was too quick to book Morelos but Stewart disagrees and claims the referee took his time and Morelos’ reaction also didn’t help his case.

Speaking on BBC Sportscene on Wednesday night, Kerr said: “My gut feeling was that it was a penalty.

“I felt the referee John Beaton was quick to give the yellow card and when you see it back, I think there’s contact there and it is a penalty.”

Ex-Hibs and Hearts player Stewart replied by saying: “Like Shelley, my initial instinct was that it was a penalty kick.

“But I disagree with Shelley slightly because I thought the referee took a wee bit of a time, I think he was talking to the linesman on this one, before he brandished the yellow card.

“I just thought from Morelos’ reaction, he didn’t complain, which made me think it was perhaps the right call.”


Did you want him to kick off, Michael?

Morelos’ disciplinary record needs no introduction and the Colombian is known for losing his cool quite a lot.

But when he was booked by Beaton for diving, when he was actually fouled, the striker remained calm and just got on with it.

Is that not what pundits like Stewart want to see from players?

We see time and time again how players crowd around officials after decisions go against them and we hate to see it.

But Morelos just got on with it even though he knew Stryjek made contact with him and that he wasn’t diving.

That shouldn’t count against Morelos and that shouldn’t be what makes Stewart’s mind up when he’s analysing controversial moments like this for BBC Sportscene.

And on the yellow card itself, Kerr was spot on. Beaton seemed to blow up for a dive and was going to book Morelos instantly.

In other Rangers news, our panel of Super Fans have chosen their man of the match from the win at Livi.


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