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Rangers fans call out hypocrisy of BBC pundit Michael Stewart

At this point, Rangers fans won’t be surprised by the predictable comments of BBC Sportscene pundit Michael Stewart on the Leigh Griffiths stamp.

The outspoken former Hearts and Hibs midfielder was discussing the incident where Griffiths stamped on Hamilton defender Sam Woods in Celtic’s 4-1 away win in Hamilton.

Unsurprisingly, Stewart sided with the Scotland international striker and believes that the referee was correct to only flash a cautionary yellow.

Stewart’s comments defended Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths for a stamp on a Hamilton defender. (Photo by Ewan Bootman/NurPhoto via Getty Images)


“I think the referee’s called it right. You can see there the defender’s hand is on Leigh Griffiths’ foot a little bit and he loses his balance,” said Stewart [Sportscene (BBC Scotland, 02/02, 19:40)]

“I think he still knows what he’s doing, he could have moved his foot, he could have planted it elsewhere, but I don’t think there’s enough force in it and I don’t think it’s a stamp.

“Did he mean it? Yeah. But the thing is if it’s not excessive force I think the referee’s called it right.”

Now, as we’ve previously pointed out, this is seriously at odds with similar coverage of Alfredo Morelos’ and an incident in the 4-2 win at Pittodrie last February.

Morelos saw red for a clash with Scott McKenna and when comparing the two videos the Griffiths incident certainly appears more violent.

Not according to Stewart’s coverage of the Morelos incident at the time.

Rangers fans have been taking to Twitter to give their view on Stewart’s comments:

Stewart himself has responded to cries of hypocrisy from elements of the Rangers support:

Failure to send Griffiths off swung the game in Celtic’s favour, with the striker involved as Hamilton’s Jamie Hamilton saw red later in the game.

Celtic went on to win 4-1 and stretch their lead at the top to seven points, with Rangers having a game in hand.

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