As we alluded to earlier, the ‘trial by TV’ blight that is plaguing sport in general and not just football ramped up significantly following Alfredo Morelos’ stamp and Kemar Roofe’s reckless tackle.
It’s not about the validity or otherwise of these tackles/citations, it’s the fact that Rangers players are being hauled over the coals thanks to ‘private citizens’ making sure everything our players do is charged or monitored.
Of course, with Morelos it was Sky and Andy Walker who simply couldn’t let it go, kept on going on about it and rather forced the Compliance Officer’s hand.
But as Sky man Kris Boyd pointed out, pity how the powers that be don’t seem to enact the same authority on others.
And then there was Roofe – like Morelos no defence for it, even though it wasn’t malicious, but once again trial by TV as video after replay appeared in highlights and social media accounts ensuring this moment was handled by whoever the Compliance Officer is these days.
True, Celtic also have a player being cited, in Ajeti for simulation, but we highly doubt anything will come of it.
The Compliance Officer disciplinary system is an abject mess, but the trialing by TV isn’t helping matters.
It’s just a bunch of wee grasses, in truth, on all sides of the football divide, determined to get rivals punished.
It muddies the waters and adds pressure from little telltales with nothing better to do.
Do we like Celtic suffering? Of course we do. And there’s no denying there’s more of this happening from them to us than vice versa.
It needs, frankly to stop.