Rangers fans have been expressing their fears after Dundee United defender Ryan Edwards escaped retrospective punishment for a knee-high challenge on striker Alfredo Morelos.
The Colombian firebrand had to be stretchered off after Edwards left the boot in on the striker and caught him flush just above the knee.
Thankfully the injury isn’t as bad as first feared, but that didn’t stop the Ibrox support gunning for Scottish referee Kevin Clancy after the match.
The likes of ex-Rangers star Neil McCann wanted the decision to be looked at by the SFA and the Compliance Officer but a panel of three former whistlers couldn’t reach a unanimous verdict on the incident.
It means Edwards will escape punishment for the tackle and it’s had the Ibrox support casting up old images of similar clashes involving Rangers players.
There’s a genuine feeling that Ibrox players are “fair game” for this kind of treatment and the Gers supporters have urged the authorities to get hard on players who endanger the club’s stars.
Here’s how some of the Rangers support reacted to the decision that Ryan Edwards would avoid retrospective punishment for the challenge on Ryan Edwards:
Dundee Utd thug receiving a ban is of no consequence to us now.
What is though, is the dangerous precedent that that kind of maiming tackle is fair game in Scottish football.
Rangers are being refereed to a different standard than the rest, it stinks, & needs highlighted AGAIN pic.twitter.com/QcUOfYtLRZ
— RangersHistory (@RangersFACTS) September 15, 2020
Why not…? There would have been retrospective action in any league run by a professional body. Obviously does not apply in Scotland.
— Jim Gardner (@Pedigree57) September 15, 2020
Dundee United defender Ryan Edwards will not face any action after a challenge that led to Alfredo Morelos being stretchered off during a match at Ibrox last weekend.
A shambles! 😠 pic.twitter.com/StcgnSCtYK
— Rangers FC & Linfield FC (@bluesbrothers86) September 15, 2020
Thats the matter over with but the precedent has been set. Them challenges are fair game.
— Rangers Bantz (@RangersBanter17) September 15, 2020
Ofcourse it wouldn't…. to us anyway.
Swap the shirts round and I can say for definite he was walking. Absolute joke
— Stu🇬🇧 (@Mrcrazy140693) September 15, 2020
Incredible stuff. Clearest red card you will see all season.
— Faceless 👤 (@FacelessRanger) September 15, 2020
Shocker. This league needs real refs
— Matt (@Matt_2k8) September 15, 2020
At least the Compliant officer is consistent – at being inconsistent!
— Swinney must go (@TomJohn1975) September 15, 2020
It’s ok, if you wear a Rangers jersey, you’re fair game for the thuggery in the SPL.
As soon as one of our players bats an eyelid at an opponent, the compliance officer is on it like a rash
SFA/SPFL are as tinpot as they come, embarrassing! 🤡 https://t.co/1IigwwaYD7
— Ryan Davidson (@RdYaAvNidson) September 16, 2020
Just do it every week Rangers, studs flying everywhere this decision has set the precedent now so no complaints from any other team when we puncture studs into professional football players legs 👍🤦🏻
— Jamie (@Jamie_55snext) September 16, 2020
Won’t be a single Bear surprised, it’s what we’ve come to expect from SFA. Shambolic. https://t.co/oBjV9ea5ys
— Heart & Hand Podcast (@ibroxrocks) September 15, 2020
Many of the Ibrox support reference a similar challenge from Rangers midfielder Ryan Jack in 2017, where the player followed through on Aberdeen striker Stevie May after winning the ball.
That challenge was a lot less vicious that the one involving Morelos but Rangers still had a ban upheld after Jack was sent off in the fixture [BBC Sport].
The issue is one of consistency and clearly many Rangers fans are frustrated that it’s the Ibrox club which routinely appears to draw the short straw.