There was plenty to celebrate as Rangers edged out a 1-0 victory over Celtic at Ibrox but an “embarrassing” dive from Parkhead captain Scott Brown also caught the eye.
Deemed not good enough or essential enough to start the match, Brown came on with our Parkhead rivals down a man and a goal as they desperately searched for an equaliser.
But Brown clearly wasn’t interested in evening up the score on the pitch as he tried with all his might – even feigning getting struck on the face – to get a Rangers player sent off.
Rangers striker Alfredo Morelos was sparked into life when donkey-like defender Shane Duffy ruthlessly scythed Ryan Kent down in the middle of the pitch and somehow escaped a red.
The incident sparked something of a rammy as Rangers and Celtic players alike clashed and tempers threatened to flare.
But look at this smarmy, embarrassing little piece of gamesmanship from the man supposed to be setting an example at Celtic.
Jumps into Morelos then holds his chin to try get him sent off
Embarrassing 😂😂😂😂😂 pic.twitter.com/d8hnv9S7E8
— 𝗥𝗮𝗻𝗴𝗲𝗿𝘀 𝗦𝗽𝗮𝗿𝗲𝘀 (@RangersSpares__) January 2, 2021
Brown jumps into Morelos and then holds his chin as if the Colombian striker has struck him in a desperate attempt to get him sent off.
Rangers fans could barely watch through the cringe as they tore into the rapidly aging Celtic captain on a day when Brown saw his side’s title hopes sail further into the distance:
— Kenny (@kennylanglea) January 2, 2021
— Bob Steele (@BobSteele55) January 2, 2021
Shouldn’t a player be red carded for this? Ref is right there next to it. There’s no doubt about what he tried to do
— Golf Balls Gone By (@BallsGolf) January 2, 2021
Madden’s looking right at it Brown should have been punished for his theatrics it’s cheating pure and simple.
— David (@Redwizard187) January 2, 2021
— Alex mcgraw (@aldomcgraw) January 2, 2021
Only reason he was brought on was to try and get Morelos sent off
— Gmac (@Grahammcintos15) January 2, 2021
Seems to be every game he holds his face for nothing. Embarrassment
— johndowds (@jockdee) January 2, 2021
When times are hard Scott Brown,
Don’t feel you need to try and get Morelos sent off… embarrassing pic.twitter.com/4bLOUjX5Jz
— 🇬🇧Ricki W Neill 🎤🎧 @BluesBrosPod🇬🇧 (@RickiNeill) January 2, 2021
Scott Brown grabbing Morelos' hand and hitting himself with it, then grabbing his face to try and get him sent off sums them up this season.
— Bongani_Cartel (@Pena_Cartel) January 3, 2021
Having watched football for nearly 70 years Scott Brown is the least dignified Celtic captain I remember
— Alan Carmichael (@AlanC_44) January 2, 2021
The SFA compliance officer is unlikely to judge Scott Brown's antics during today's #OldFirm game.
However, BAFTA are interested …
— Stewart Weir* (@sweirz) January 2, 2021
I can’t stop laughing at the state of Scott Brown trying to get Morelos sent off 😂
— EmpireFF (@EmpireFF) January 2, 2021
Scott Brown apparently runs Scottish Football 😂😂😂 pic.twitter.com/LYHfwCknmc
— Andy 'Ginge' Ritchie (@AndyRitchie12) January 2, 2021
Scott brown punches Scott brown in the face. That for me is the highlight of the game. 😂😂👍🏻 55 is going to ruin them https://t.co/SMRBYwwDDG
— 🇬🇧 We Welcome the Chase 🇬🇧 (@SteveGsRightPeg) January 2, 2021
Scott Brown was sent on the pitch to try and get a Rangers player sent off its all he done, I love the fact he's still there and his celtic career is ending in a massive disappointment for him I revel in his hurt
— Scott (@ScottWi1son) January 2, 2021
Alfredo Morelos would of course have the last laugh as Rangers ran out 1-0 winners and the club stretched out a 19-point lead in the Scottish Premiership.
The Colombian would also take to Instagram to goad the Celtic captain in the aftermath of the game and one Gers star would respond in kind.