Dundee striker Leigh Griffiths came, saw and did anything but conquer as his substitute appearance left him lucky to remain on the pitch in defeat to Rangers.

Snarling Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths is on loan at the Dee this season and this was the 31-year-old’s first appearance at Ibrox since a string of controversies in the summer.

One of Scottish football’s most controversial characters, the striker lorded it over Rangers during Celtic’s period of dominance and his behaviour is something Ibrox fans have never forgot.

There isn’t much respect between anyone at Rangers and the former Scotland international striker and it’s a feeling which is mutual if Leigh Griffiths’ behaviour in the 3-0 Rangers win is anything to go by.

Leigh Griffiths was lucky to remain on the pitch and appeared to only come on in the second half – with over half an hour to play – to noise up Rangers players and fans.


Very much in the “if I’m going down I’m taking someone with me” frame of mind, Rangers fans were genuinely worried that far from just hauling someone off with a red, Leigh Griffiths could wind up injuring someone.

Leigh Griffiths shown a yellow card but Rangers fans feel he could’ve seen red

Shown a yellow for a poor challenge on Joe Aribo – and managing to get Alfredo Morelos booked in the reaction – Leigh Griffiths should’ve seen red for a late tackle on Calvin Bassey later in the match.

Treated with contempt throughout by the Rangers support, it’s a feeling that seeped into the playing squad who laughed outspoken Celtic loanee Leigh Griffiths out of Ibrox.

Salty Dundee boss James McPake even accused the Ibrox squad of trying to get the forward sent off after the match.

“He’s going to get a hostile reception, he gets a hostile reception everywhere he goes,” said McPake [Glasgow Times].

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Dundee boss James McPake has accused the Rangers players of trying to get Leigh Griffiths sent off. (Photo by Steve Welsh/Getty Images)

“It would never cross my mind to say I’m worried about putting him on. Leigh’s a character that can take it.

“He went on and you could see what they were trying to do, in my opinion. He got booked and then there’s a riot about to happen all of a sudden because it’s Leigh. Rangers players coming from everywhere.

“To me there was nothing in it, but I was miles away. If it was worthy of a booking then Alan has got one right.”

Taking to Twitter after the game, Rangers fans shrugged off Leigh Griffiths’ antics but many claim the referee bottled the call to send him packing:

Rangers were impressive a 3-0 victory over Dundee with Leigh Griffiths playing a minor role in a match dominated by the Ibrox side.

On-form Joe Aribo had the Gers in front at half-time before an own goal from the Nigerian’s cross made it two and Alfredo Morelos bulldozed his way through the Dee defence to make it three.

Morelos’ moment was a magical one and for many, a symbol that the Colombian is returning to his El Bufalo best under Giovanni van Bronckhorst.

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