As Rangers ran out two-goal winners in Paisley, all of the talk pre-match was about the referee being “brave enough” to give penalties against the Gers.

St. Mirren boss Jim Goodwin somewhat brought the game into disrepute with the comments but they never bore fruit as there were no blatant penalty incidents in the match.

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St. Mirren boss Jim Goodwin put pressure on the referee prior to the Rangers match. (Photo by Alan Harvey/SNS Group via Getty Images)

But there were two other incidents which undoubtedly deserved at least more scrutiny if not more punishment and which have been conveniently glossed over by the media.

Rangers defender Borna Barisic was caught by Irish winger Dylan Connolly in the first half, the St. Mirren star connecting with the Croatian after lashing out.

Admittedly, this is probably only a yellow card.

Similarly, Jon Obika flew his elbow right into the eye of the hardy Connor Goldson and even if he received a yellow, on closer inspection, it was reckless, considered and probably a red.

Had the likes of Alfredo Morelos been involved in such an incident – as he was against Dundee United – then just imagine the nuclear fall-out.

This isn’t a justification for Morelos’ flailing forearm against Dundee United’s Mark Connolly but rather a highlighting of the immense hypocrisy which exists in Scottish football media coverage.

If you’re going to gun for Alfredo Morelos, then you should also be gunning for Dylan Connolly and Jon Obika.

If Morelos is worthy of a retrospective ban for his clash – which was considerably less dangerous than the Saints’ two – then at the very least so is Jon Obika.

Similarly across the city Celtic ran out deserved 3-0 winners in their match against Dundee United, but the Arabs were denied a clear penalty and Odsonne Edouard was lucky not to see red.

Dundee United manager Micky Mellon railed against the handball decision post-match but there’s been little said from the usual suspects as the decision is brushed aside.

Had the same happened in St. Mirren – especially with the backdrop of Jim Goodwin’s ridiculous commentary – would the reaction be as subdued?

Edouard also flew into a Dundee United defender in the run-up to Celtic’s second goal with the incident incredibly cut from the replay in the official SPFL highlights on YouTube.

The reaction – or lack of one – to all these incidents because they don’t involve Rangers doesn’t just highlight the disparity of coverage and nonsense levelled at the club.

But it proves the blatant hypocrisy which exists in some places north or the border who’d sooner feed into conspiracies behind Rangers’ form than give credit to the Ibrox club.

For all of Jim Goodwin’s bleating pre-match, the Rangers fans sent the Saints gaffer no regards after the club ran out 2-0 winners in Paisley.

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