By Jonty Banks

27th Apr, 2023 | 9:25pm

Martin O'Neill throws Rangers 'paranoia' jibe after Alfredo Morelos controversy in last Old Firm derby

Martin O’Neill has accused Rangers of taking on the mantle of “paranoia” after their complaints about Alfredo Morelos’ disallowed goal in the last Old Firm derby against Celtic.

The former Celtic boss has pointed to the fallout of the Colombian’s goal in the Old Firm at Celtic Park earlier this month when Kevin Clancy gave a foul against the striker instead of a goal.

As reported by Football Scotland, O’Neill insisted that any thoughts of paranoia left him years ago and that the post-fixture split schedule, which sees the Hoops travel to Heart and Ibrox in successive weeks, squashes any such claims of a conspiracy theory.

“Celtic start off after the break with two away games, hmm, do you feel as if there is a conspiracy theory there?” he said.

“I left paranoia behind some time ago, it must be starting again. It was good to see from a Celtic viewpoint that Rangers are now taking it on after that disallowed goal.

“It’s really great, something I never would have thought would happen. It is what it is, if you are going to win a league, I don’t think it matters what week it happens to be.”

Subscribe to Football Insider TV now

Jabs thrown

You know the Old Firm is drawing ever closer when the jabs are being thrown by either side, and O’Neill has made his feelings clear regarding the goal scored by Morelos last month.

The Colombian’s strike was a moment of controversy more so because the match was still goalless, and the timing of the striker may have left Michael Beale’s side in the ascendency.

However, the Gers were eventually cut apart by Celtic’s ruthless front line, and they must now turn their attention to reversing this result at Hampden on Sunday.

After their bitterly disappointing loss to Aberdeen last weekend, Beale has a tricky job on his hand to get his side back to their free-flowing best but remain tight at the back.

The potential returns of Ryan Kent and Connor Goldson could play a decisive role for the Gers, with both players well-versed in the intensity of an Old Firm derby and what is required to get over the line.

In other Rangers news, Ally McCoist has delivered a Gers midfield verdict ahead of the massive Scottish Cup semi-final clash against Celtic on Sunday (30 April).