Ibrox Noise’s Derek has put out more than one piece on this, but evidently no one who ‘matters’ has been listening – while it’s been a period of time since the last assault on Rangers, clearly Dundee United’s attempt at maiming as many players of an Ibrox persuasion as possible was facilitated by referee Kevin Clancy’s disgraceful lack of protection on the home players, and the man in black let an astonishing amount go.
We’ll get to the Morelos incident in a second, but well before then, Ryan Kent nearly found his achilles torn in two following a disgusting stud-rake down the back by, we believe it was Luke Bolton.
The Rangers star limped about a bit for a while but managed to get back to playing fitness and the perpetrator can consider himself fortunate Rangers’ wing-wizard made as little fuss as he did about it.
Not that otherwise would have made any difference, as we then saw with the despicable ‘tackle’ on Alfredo Morelos.
Utd’s Ryan Edward’s mistimed his challenge horrendously, but that’s as much excuse as we can give him.
His studs aimed squarely for Morelos’ thigh and the Colombian had to be stretchered off in agony. There was no visible blood but there was an apparent indent or hole in his leg, and Edwards had clearly intended to hurt the striker.
It was a shocking assault, and reminiscent of Simpson on Durrant all those years ago.
And the worst part – Clancy ignored it. He appeared to just view it as, as they say in F1, a ‘racing incident’ when it was anything but.
These kinds of moments are why players get away with rough treatment on Rangers players.
Our lads are not wimps – no one is going to suggest Morelos is a weed. Maybe Nathan Oduwa wasn’t the toughest back in the day, but Morelos most certainly isn’t a flyweight.
But he too was slain by this kind of despicable and cowardly act.
Will it go to Clare Whyte the Compliance Officer?
We expect it to. Regardless of her alleged ties to Parkhead, her job is to punish when incidents like these are brought to her attention.
We expect retrospective action.
Because we’ve lost a player to this, a player who was needed.
And the more it goes unpunished, the more we’ll lose.