As Rangers prepare to play St. Mirren tonight one player who will not be taking to the field is firebrand forward Alfredo Morelos.
Rangers have accepted a two-match ban for the striker after he was charged by the SFA following a clash with Dundee United defender Mark Connolly.
There is absolutely no doubt the incident was overplayed – and Steven Gerrard himself refuted claims of an “elbow” – but Rangers don’t see this as a fight they can win.
Because well, they probably can’t.
Morelos’ foolishness runs parallel to his selfishness and had referee Steven McLean or any of his assistants got a proper look at his forearm smash into the Arabs defender, he’d probably have walked.
Rangers won the game, but it would’ve been considerably more difficult had Morelos walked, something which needs to be hammered home to the striker.
With Morelos likely to have a spell out the side this ban also probably makes dropping him easier with Rangers fans eager to see £2.7m-summer signing Cedric Itten have a run up top.
But whilst Rangers fans might agree that Morelos was lucky to remain on the pitch after the clash, their issue is with a patent lack of consistency in the decision-making at SFA level.
Why has Morelos been hammered but Scott Brown evaded any SFA sanction let alone media witch hunt for stamping on Michael O’Halloran in St. Johnstone’s recent 1-1 draw at Parkhead?
This is just one incident in a plethora of them.
There are the Scott Brown elbows on Kenny Miller, Jason Holt and Alfredo Morelos. Not to mention his potentially ankle-breaking tackle on Daniel Candeias.
There’s Stevenson on Morelos, Porteous on Coulibaly, Ricki Lamie’s elbow on Joe Aribo which required 20 stitches, Alan Power’s high boot to Ryan Jack’s napper.
Fabio Cardoso had his nose broken by Motherwell striker Ryan Bowman and it didn’t receive even an nth of the nonsense levelled at Morelos in recent days.
For many supporters, they feel like Rangers are fair game for this kind of treatment whilst anything from our camp is so derided and over-blown it results in greater scrutiny.
There is no problem with Morelos being punished if these are the rules – the issue is that they are blatantly not being applied across the board.
Rangers fans praised the club for accepting the ban with many believing this was a “tactical” decision for the side.