We will look through the massive 3 points gained at Rugby Park in more detail over the coming while, but something in Kilmarnock may have bypasses a number of onlookers, and showed both the appalling standard of refereeing that continues to blight our game, plus the unfair disparity of matches involving Rangers.
Early in this one Kirk Broadfoot and Alfredo Morelos got together for a physical tussle – it ended with Broadfoot literally hurling Morelos to the floor. No action taken.
Later on, Alan Power led with his elbow on Borna Barisic, putting the Croat on the floor having suffered a blow to the face. No action taken.
Morelos grabbed a home jersey in a needless off-ball collision and sent them to the floor. Foul given. Action taken.
Ultimately it all ended well for Rangers, a huge three points, but it is telling that these three confrontations all ended up favouring the home side despite two of them being committed by them.
Is it any wonder we complain about refereeing decisions when they’re this bad – this inconsistent and this seemingly consistently against Rangers?
This isn’t us whining and blaming the referee for a loss – we won, in case anyone didn’t notice. No, this is just poor officiating and how both Power and Broadfoot escaped bookings on those occasions we’ll never know.
Furthermore, it was clear had Morelos been the one hurling Broadfoot (or anyone else) to the floor like that, he’d have received action against him or a booking. And guess what – he did.
It makes Rangers’ life more difficult when the standard of officiating is this low – when we cannot trust the officials to take the right action the majority of the time.
And it’s always curious how it seems to go against Rangers more often than not.