Ex-Rangers captain Barry Ferguson has gunned for the likes of Celtic cheerleaders Chris Sutton and John Hartson in his latest Daily Record column.
The former Ibrox captain was speaking in the aftermath of the Leigh Griffiths tape-gate incident and his views on the subject.
Refusing to get drawn into a “tit-for-tat” Celtic or Rangers cheerleading mire, the Ibrox treble winner took aim at those pundits who do.
“Well, if it’s all the same to you, I’ll excuse myself from the tit-for-tat that’s been going on ever since Rangers won at Celtic Park on December 29 and pundits up and down the land lost their grip on any sense of perspective,” writes Ferguson [Daily Record].
“If you’re wondering why so many hardened old pros have suddenly become snowflakes, offended by the slightest little thing, then let me fill you in.
“It’s because, for the first time in years, there’s a proper title race going on and some people are clearly struggling to keep their allegiances in check.
“Well you can leave me out of that. In fact, to be perfectly honest, the whole thing is really starting to p*** me off.”
Barry has a point – but should he be defending the Rangers players more?
Barry’s comments come amid a growing storm concerning Leigh Griffiths throwing a piece of sock tape at a Kilmarnock fan inside Rugby Park.
Ordinarily, Rangers fans might not be so bothered about the entire thing but after three weeks of nonsense from the likes of John Hartson [Twitter] and Chris Sutton concerning Alfredo Morelos, you can see why they’re peeved.
Imagine if Rangers’ Colombian talisman had thrown something at someone for the dog’s abuse he received at Celtic Park?
For the last three weeks plus he’s been hung out to dry by pro-Celtic pundits still hurting from Rangers’ victory at Parkhead.
The bumbling John Hartson was even out making up nonsense about Alfredo Morelos’ gesture to Motherwell fans which got the striker sent off.
In a clear attempt to justify Griffiths actions, Hartson falsely claimed that the Morelos situation at Fir Park was different because he gave the middle finger to the Motherwell fans [BBC Sportsound 23/01/20].
Ferguson’s story has a lot of fawning and sympathy for Griffiths, a player whom no-one in the stands at Ibrox will have much sympathy for.
Not because he scores goals, but rather because of his behaviour and attitude towards Rangers.
I completely understand why Ferguson doesn’t want to stoop to the pathetic level of Hartson and Sutton, but where was all this when Alfredo was being lambasted?