Former Scottish FA chief executive Gordon Smith has claimed that the Scottish FA rejected Alfredo Morelos’ red card appeal to “balance things up.”

The Gers striker was sent off after a clash with Aberdeen’s Scott McKenna in midweek.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - DECEMBER 23: Craig Levein (C) shakes hands with George Peat (R) as he is unveiled as the new Scotland football coach by Gordon Smith (L) at Hampden Park on December 23, 2009 in Glasgow, Scotland. The former Dundee United manager was confirmed as the new Scotland national coach by the Scottish Football Association on what is estimated to be a two and half year contract.

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After coming in for criticism from Celtic-leaning pundits, Smith believes the SFA have looked to show they don’t favour the Gers.

“It’s my opinion, however, that the SFA have seen a great opportunity to end the criticism from those who claimed they were pro-Rangers in their decision-making,” Smith told the Sunday Post.

“They took a lot of flak after rescinding Morelos’ first red card of the season, and then not taking action against him for challenges made in the recent Old Firm game. There was also an outcry about Rangers being awarded four penalties against St Mirren last weekend.”

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - DECEMBER 05: Alfredo Morelos of Rangers leaves the field after a second yellow card then a red during the Scottish Ladbrokes Premiership match between Rangers and Aberdeen at Ibrox Stadium on December 5, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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“This case was the chance for them to say: “In what way are Rangers getting the benefit now?

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“They may have seen this as the chance to balance things up.”

 

Smith has intimate knowledge of how the SFA operate and his suggestion sets alarm bells ringing.

If there is any truth to his claims then there is something seriously wrong at Hampden.

Morelos’ red card at Pittodrie was farcical and upholding it has done the SFA no favours – and leaves the Gers without their talisman for three games.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - DECEMBER 29: Allan McGregor of Rangers in action during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Rangers and Celtic at Ibrox Stadium on December 29, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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With Scottish football on the brink over officiating standards, Smith’s claim will only make things worse.

As Allan McGregor prepares to appear in front of a disciplinary committee later this week, Rangers will be concerned.

Another attempt at “balance” could see the Light Blues forced to do without two key players after doing little wrong.