Chris Sutton was left fuming with the nature of Kemar Roofe’s Old Firm opener on Sunday afternoon before Rangers went on to thrash Celtic 4-1 at Ibrox.
It was a lively encounter from the off and it was the Light Blues who struck first as Roofe’s improvised finish from a mis-hit Ryan Kent shot wrong-footed Scott Bain.
But it was the build-up to the goal that proved most fatal as Callum McGregor picked up a second yellow for a late challenge on Glen Kamara and he was dismissed to dent Hoops hopes even further.
Writing on his Daily Record column, Sutton laid into Celtic and McGregor over that costly goal.
“The opening goal and red card was a huge moment and while it was a great finish from Kemar Roofe, it was a horrendous goal to lose,” he said.
“I’ve talked up Callum McGregor for long enough and rightly so. But he’s been below par this season and his second yellow was just plain daft.
“The first booking was harsh but the second one was asking for it.
“Again it was the same old problems though. This Celtic side is defensively weak.”
Our bitter rivals were second best to pretty much everything on Sunday and the only regret was that we conceded such a soft goal immediately from a corner to give up the chance of a clean sheet.
The first goal set us on our way and it was fantastic improvisation by Roofe to redirect Kent’s effort on goal.
It was double delight as Hoops midfielder McGregor was also punished for his mistake after a mis-timed tackle on Kamara.
Even Sutton knows there was no hiding for that second yellow card that he picked up, and that’s how you know it was plain stupid.
Sutton’s usually the first to pipe up and defend Celtic’s honour but he knows he can’t defend the indefensible here.
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