With Rangers having predictably launched an appeal against Alfredo Morelos’ red card, we understand why they’ve done it, but for us Morelos, like Tavernier’s idiotic penalty, gave Bobby Madden a decision to make.
Neither incident was the worst of its respective kind, but without any question there was justification in both cases for the outcome that was reached.
In short, should Morelos have his red card overturned? We at Ibrox Noise obviously ‘hope’ he does, because we’re stronger with him (well, when he can keep himself on the pitch), but should he on a neutral and factual basis?
Probably not. McKenna has no case to argue – he was malicious and there was evident intent and ‘lashing out’ on the defender’s part.
But Morelos was admittedly slightly less obvious. But this doesn’t mean less intentioned. The Colombian, while McKenna was writhing his feet in the air, was clearly and deliberately motioning his boot into his groin – it was not an obvious stamp, and players have gotten away with far worse, but that is in itself an indictment of other bad decisions, not a ‘two wrongs make a right’ scenario.
We would be surprised if the decision is overturned – and Morelos would be a very, very lucky boy if it is.
But once again the striker has placed himself in a position of contention, a position where a red card was understandable.
But we’ll put it over to you – step outside the question of his ability, and look at his record and the offence in its own context.
Was the red card justified? Should it be overturned?