We hold our hands up in conceding we have no defence for Allan McGregor’s astonishing act of gross stupidity yesterday.
We love this goalkeeper but we have pointed out the strange needle in his game, much more subtle in his first spell at Ibrox but completely ridiculous nowadays – we were slaughtered by many for being negative, but we stand by our original thoughts.
But equally we’re really rather disgusted by the response of many fans to this latest act. Sure, call him a hothead, call him silly, call him foolish – but strangely, Alfredo Morelos, who was immune to being slurred by fans despite 400 red cards this season and multiple suspensions and who got a huge cheer on coming on yesterday while vividly admitting he wants to leave, got a lot less aggro than one of our own who want to stay and simply made, again, a stupid inexplicable mistake.
We were appalled to see all manner of four letter curse words at McGregor, all sorts of vile insults from our own fans, the same ones who never used any of these words at Morelos after suspension number 3432.
This is not to say they should have attacked Morelos too – the fact they didn’t is the way it should be, and criticise but not smear personally.
But the aggression we saw about this offence aimed towards McGregor, inviting him to kindly depart, or calling him Richard, or a sexually promiscuous Richard and other manner of extreme names was beyond the pale and unacceptable.
We get it, emotions were running high and he misses the Old Firm. But that’s absolutely no excuse for the gutter aimed at our number one that we saw yesterday.
He’s been our best player this season along with Arfield, and he came back when he could have had a far better paid gig in some Middle Eastern nation or, hell, the Premier League – but the moment he makes a big error in judgement his supporters nail him to a wall and destroy him?
While letting Alfredo Morelos off more lightly with worse crimes?
It’s not the Rangers fan we are familiar with around here, not the dignified supporter we believe our fanbase should be, and anyone who hurled faeces at our goalie yesterday should feel a sense of shame for doing so.