As Rangers fans revelled in the latest Celtic slip up at Livingston, there is one pundit who the Ibrox legions are unsurprised gave an alternative take on two major incidents in the match.
Outspoken pundit Michael Stewart has rejected the notion that Scott Brown should’ve been sent off against the Lions and also claimed Livingston didn’t have a penalty shout in the latter stages of the game.
Brown was sent packing for an elbow on Livi sub Jaze Kabia just five minutes after being introduced to leave Celtic holding on a 2-2 lead in the match.
Polish forward Patryk Klimala would then also leave one on Livi defender Michael Devlin in the Celtic box, but the referee missed what looked like a clear penalty.
However, Stewart – who has been a pundit on CelticTV this season – would go against the grain and suggest that both Brown shouldn’t have been sent off and that it wasn’t a penalty.
“You can see that he stops ands tries to block off the player, Kabia doesn’t actually come in to the challenge and as Scott Brown comes round with his arm he catches him,” said Stewart [Sportscene].
“I’ve got to be honest, I don’t think that’s a red card but watching it second viewing, possibly.
“He [Klimala] comes across and catches him with the arm, I’m not convinced there’s enough in it.”
Rangers fans were left unsurprised by Stewart’s comments and took to Twitter to react to them:
Can set your watch to Michael Stewart. Broonie’s red card wasn’t a red card. pic.twitter.com/ytpdWCXOLp
— Colin Armstrong (@moonman1873) January 20, 2021
Scott Brown has been elbowing players for years. He's finally sent off for one and what does Michael Stewart say "It wasn't a red" 🤣
He genuinely delivers thee most irrelevant comments from any pundit going 🤣
— Geeb 🎙 (@Geeb1872) January 20, 2021
Michael Stewart doesn’t think it’s a red card how predictable
— Ross Sneddon (@Sneddon0472) January 20, 2021
Michael Stewart said brown wasn’t a red card? Surely he’s at the wind up!
— S A Y E R S Y (@sayersy1872) January 20, 2021
Surprise surprise. Michael Stewart didn’t think Broon should’ve got a red card ! @RangersFC
— Exiled Brigton Teddy Bear 🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧 (@levelpeg) January 20, 2021
Michael Stewart 🙈 never a red card. Have a day off.
— Logie (@legendsofibrox) January 21, 2021
How can Michael Stewart say it’s no a red card
— 10 can dan (@10candan) January 20, 2021
Michael Stewart, working on the national broadcaster's flagship football show in his spare time from Celtic TV, didn't think Brown should have seen a red card.
I am shocked, shocked I tell thee.
— Allan (@MobRoolz) January 20, 2021
Rangers fans had plenty to say in the aftermath of Brown’s red card with many fans shocked the Celtic captain was sent packing after a history of getting away with offences.
The Ibrox supporters are convinced its further proof it’s the “end of times” for Celtic as their captain finally gets punished for elbowing an opponent.