As Rangers winger Ryan Kent gets embroiled in SFA drama for his celebrations, similar gestures made by ex-Liverpool teammate Roberto Firmino sum up the farce that is the Scottish disciplinary system.

Similarly to Kent’s Celtic Park celebration, Firmino regularly fires off gun salutes as he celebrates goals for the Anfield club.

In England’s biggest grudge match, in front of a full house at Anfield, he did the same again as Virgil van Dijk put Liverpool ahead in the 2-0 win over Manchester United and after scoring an eventually ruled out goal.

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OK, so he’s firing them at van Dijk, but here’s the £29m Anfield signing doing gun salutes in a variety of matches, in a variety of directions.

Here’s another one.

Forget about Firmino, gun salutes literally formed the ending of the signature celebration of former Celtic star Robbie Keane.



This happens all the time, in football leagues around the world, so what exactly is the problem?

Rangers players must use this at motivation to fire club to the title

Former Liverpool winger Kent fired off gun salutes in celebration of scoring the first goal in Rangers’ 2-1 win at Parkhead.

Whilst hardly anyone batted an eyelid at the time, alongside the misrepresentation of Alfredo Morelos’ “game-over” gesture, it has become central to the three-week meltdown in the game’s aftermath.

Ryan Kent’s celebration was reportedly noted by the SFA in their 204 disciplinary charge aimed at Rangers for the madness at Celtic Park that day [Daily Record].

So you’re telling me, if Roberto Firmino did this in Scotland, he’d be retrospectively cautioned? (Photo by Simon Stacpoole/Offside/Offside via Getty Images)

Rangers – with absolute justification – say they’re “astounded” [Rangers] at the charges levelled towards the club and the reasons given for them.

It is incredible that the SFA have bent to the will of moonhowlers to produce these trumped-up charges against the Ibrox club.

Are we simply not allowed to celebrate after scoring or in victory against Celtic? Is that what these maniacs want?

Have the lunatics finally taken over the asylum?

The term farce does not do the entire thing justice and if Rangers allow all of this to become a distraction then the forces managing this mental campaign will have got what they want.

We are all Ryan Kent. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Instead, the club’s players must use all of this as motivation to go out there and lift that title in May.

Because if desperately bemoaning gun salutes and game-over gestures is how they react in the aftermath of one defeat, just imagine the response should we bring 55 and stop them at 8.

That, for all intents and purposes, would be the final bullet.

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