Rangers fans have branded St Johnstone midfielder Liam Craig “embarrassing” for feigning injury in the immediate aftermath of Rangers’ equaliser at McDiarmid Park.
The Gers defeated the Saints 2-1 in a hard-fought victory in Perth but the Ibrox side did go behind to a Michael O’Halloran goal just after the restart.
Kemar Roofe hauled the Gers back into the match courtesy of a penalty that had been won by Ryan Kent after an intense period of Ibrox pressure.
After the Jamaican international striker lashed the ball home, Roofe proceeded to try and grab the ball to run back to the centre circle.
St Johnstone star Liam Craig would then try to intercept it before a scuffle broke out and Colombian firebrand Alfredo Morelos appeared on the scene.
Craig would then go down holding his face despite the innocuous clash in an apparent attempt to get Roofe or Alfie sent off before St Johnstone defender Shaun Rooney got involved.
GOAL! St Johnstone 1-1 Rangers (Roofe pen 58)
Roofe equalises for Rangers from the spot after Ryan Kent was brought down by Muller in the box – game on! 👊
📺 Watch now live on Sky Sports Football pic.twitter.com/a4R972skLd
— Sky Sports Scotland (@ScotlandSky) September 11, 2021
Willie Collum tempered proceedings by giving all four players a yellow card but there’s no doubt only one of the quartet came out looking worse than the rest.
Liam Craig certainly didn’t cover himself in glory and his antics weren’t missed by Rangers fans who took the opportunity to criticise his poor sportsmanship:
Embarrassing from Liam Craig, embarrassing.
— Tr5m5ndo (@TremendoHendo72) September 11, 2021
Unlucky Liam Craig in your attempt to fool the ref in sending off a player for no reason
Have a good night though 🤫
— Geeb 🎙 (@Geeb1872) September 11, 2021
Liam Craig's mum does his ironing.
— RAF_Bob (@raflogs) September 11, 2021
Gets worse when you see Liam Craig's behaviour after that goal goes in someone who is on the board of the PFA behaving like that to try get a fellow professional sent off is just pathetic. Compliance officer should be all over that
— Barry (@BKRFC1972) September 11, 2021
That's actually embarrassing from Liam Craig.
— Gordo (@kasabianite) September 11, 2021
That Liam Craig has been at it constantly since the first whistle. Mouthing off, in the ref’s face, moaning about decisions. Still at it after getting a card. 🎈
— John Webster 🏴 (@johnauldwebster) September 11, 2021
State of Liam Craig after the penalty btw 😂
— Craig Swift (@TopFenceClimber) September 11, 2021
Liam Craig should be sent off here, really don’t know what he’s playing at going after Roofe and worse the dive to get Morelos sent off. Collum got that all wrong. https://t.co/r7iaFOnUhS
— Mark Brit (@markabrit) September 11, 2021
Liam Craig throwing himself down holding his face after there being literally 0 contact, embarrassing😂😂
— Craig (@C_Henderson51) September 11, 2021
Liam Craig you should be embarrassed going down like that
— Andrew Grimshaw (@AndrewGrimshaw_) September 11, 2021
Liam Craig is an absolute embarrassment
— Michael McDougall (@mcdougall89) September 11, 2021
Whilst Craig might’ve tried his darnedest to get Rangers players sent off, it’s the Ibrox club who’d have the last laugh at the end of a tough match.
Rangers captain James Tavernier also took the plaudits for a “world class” moment as the Ibrox side climbed to the top of the Scottish Premiership with the victory.