Former Celtic striker John Hartson has appeared to deliberately misrepresent Rangers striker Alfredo Morelos’ gesture to the Motherwell fans in order to justify Leigh Griffiths attacking a fan with an object.

The burly former Celtic striker’s Old Firm meltdown has drawn plenty of laughs from the Rangers support after his previous comments in the wake of the 2-1 win at Celtic Park.

But in making up that Alfredo Morelos stuck the middle finger up to Motherwell fans whilst playing down the fact Leigh Griffiths threw something at a Kilmarnock fan, things have taken a more sinister turn.

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Hartson – unsurprisingly – leapt to the defence of Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths. (Photo by Ewan Bootman/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Speaking on BBC Sportsound [23/01/20] Hartson was comparing Griffiths launching something at a fan in the crowd at Rugby Park to Morelos responding to abuse at Fir Park.

“The incident we are talking about the other night might be when he came off. He was almost taking his shin-pads off and rolling his sock down and somebody was hanging over giving him stick and abuse,” said Hartson.

“Leigh has just underarm thrown his bit of tape towards him. I don’t think there was any malice intended.


“It was a bit of frustration from Leigh. But I just feel that was about it really and I don’t think it will go any further.

“It was different, Morelos went like that with his fist, middle finger towards the away fans.

John Hartson is clearly biased towards Celtic but his disdain for Rangers has taken a more sinister turn this week. (Photo by Chris Brunskill/Fantasista/Getty Images)

“There was nothing like that last night he just threw a bit of tape into the crowd. It was just off his leg after removing his shin-pad, I don’t think it was anything to get particularly concerned about.

“I think you are looking at two separate incidents.”

The incredible thing is that no-one on the BBC radio show corrects John Hartson for this blatant lie about the Alfredo Morelos incident.

Morelos was given a second yellow for giving the Motherwell fans a “get it up ye” in the 2-0 win at Fir Park and subsequently banned for the trip to Hibs.

Alfredo Morelos was once again criticised by the bumbling pundit. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

But Hartson has got one thing right – we are looking at two separate incidents. Whilst both received abuse, only one took it up a level by throwing something at a supporter.

Let’s be absolutely clear on this.

There is no planet, in the known universe or beyond, where a player throwing something at a supporter is somehow better than gesturing to fans who’ve been giving you dogs abuse all game. Period.

When Leigh Griffiths gets abuse, it’s excuse enough to attack a fan. When Morelos gets abuse – including racial slurs at Celtic Park – he’s ordered to control himself.

Griffiths ‘only threw it underarm’ – another lie for what it’s worth – Morelos ‘threatened to kill everyone in the stadium’. It’s pitiful.

Rangers fans have roundly condemned the striker. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

Rangers fans generally aren’t interested in indulging in pathetic post-mortems and desperate attempts to get opposition players banned.

History has proven that to be largely the preserve of the Celtic support.

But what they are furious about is the inexplicable double standards which ruin the game up here and appear to bring fury on Ibrox, but put a halo around Parkhead.

Here’s what some the club’s supporters have had to say on Twitter:


Given his tragic comments here, what’re the chances John Hartson is one of the Celtic fans who’ve signed a pathetic petition to see Kris Boyd banned for his comments on the incident?

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