To be fair, if I grew up expecting rules to bend to my needs, I too may be “astonished” when a decision went the other way. In any other country, violence accompanied by a lack of swift and appropriate action, would be called out. Not in Scotland, not for the Rangers clubs.
Violent acts from those in positions of responsibility beget consequential threats of violent acts from those who are irresponsible. This is why the SFA again have to concern themselves with the ‘What school did you go to?’ question confronting their referees. In 2023. Let’s be clear, this is what’s going on.
The litany of complaints did not stop at Morelos being penalised for pushing Alistair Johnston. Ben Davies’ hilarious header at the second Celtic goal hit Jota on the groin, which is a handball, if you are a raging aggrieved loon. All of this is an echo of the tactic Newco adopted after their 2016 Scottish Cup defeat to Hibs.
‘Alternative’ truths were plastered everywhere, swallowed by their own public and not called out by a media they also use control tactics over. This leads to pressure on the football authorities and inevitably to referees. If only SFA Head of Refereeing, Crawford Allan, would break his silence on all subjects apart from when he believes Celtic benefited from a mistake, his refs might think someone has their backs.
If Newco think they were that close to Celtic on Saturday, perhaps they will soon wonder what would have happened in a must-win game, if they took up Celtic’s offer to have 7,000 of their fans in attendance. That’s the real mistake, not the referee awarding a foul, of having two lumps of wood in central defence, it was going into the lions’ den with zero fans. They were too weak to tell their own fans a proper contintent of away fans was the right thing to do, they were too weak to accept a defeat was an indication of where they are at this teams’ peak and they are too weak to plan a better future.