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.
Firmino is every Liverpool fan right now 😍 pic.twitter.com/HQDcLk0dkE
— B/R Football (@brfootball) January 19, 2020
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.
The machine guns at Swansea
The kung-fu kicks at Porto
The dancing at Anfield
Which Firmino celebration is your favourite? https://t.co/YGSZdJyJ4E
— Liverpool FC News (@LivEchoLFC) February 17, 2018
Here’s another one.
Sterling has gun tattoo:
Mass outrage, media witch hunt
Firmino does gun celebration:
Media won't bat an eye lid, because pashun, 5 times, YNWA, klopp smiles. pic.twitter.com/zqDMxLOux2
— Alex Holmes (@AlexHolmes) March 10, 2019
Forget about Firmino, gun salutes literally formed the ending of the signature celebration of former Celtic star Robbie Keane.
Remember those times Robbie Keane celebrated with “gun hands” and sent the nation into overdrive?
Neither do we. pic.twitter.com/lWnL300wCw
— Sons of Struth (@SonsofStruth) December 30, 2019
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].
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.
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.