On Sunday, Celtic hosted the first Old Firm derby of the season and whilst it was a much closer affair than the previous two meetings, it wasn’t an entertaining one. An Olivier Ntcham strike gave the Hoops a 1-0 win but one particular incident in the first half has irked Celtic fans. Allan McGregor kicked out at Kristoffer Ajer and according to BBC Sports, he’ll go unpunished.
BREAKING: Rangers goalkeeper Allan McGregor will not face any action from the Scottish FA after an altercation with Celtic’s Kristoffer Ajer on Sunday.
— BBC Sport Scotland (@BBCSportScot) 4 September 2018
Steven Gerrard has made some serious progress with his Rangers side, although so far, they’ve failed to show that in the league and once again it was Brendan Rodgers’ side who prevailed in the Old Firm. The Hoops were never going to mind how they got the three points as long as they got them, and whilst the 1-0 win was hardly pretty, it was effective. The icing on the cake, though, would have been a retrospective ban for Allan McGregor.
It’s clear as day that the 36-year-old goalkeeper took a kick at Ajer as the defender was trying to return to his feet after throwing himself at a set-piece and most of the Bhoys are in shock as to how three former category one officials can’t agree on the fact that it was a red card offence. Whilst watching the incident it’s obvious that McGregor has taken a swipe and gone for Ajer and it should have been punished, but to the surprise of many, the Scottish goalkeeper has got away with it.
You can read the angry Celtic fans’ verdict on McGregor here:
Wow. They have lost the plot over at the SFA
— Robert Luka Bouchè (@Boabfrey) September 4, 2018
Absolute cowardice from the @ScottishFA makes it even more galling for @KilmarnockFC that gary dickers red card stood devlins appeal will probably get chucked out too Mcgregor also got away with sticking the elbow on peter Hartley the week before
— Jed MacPhee (@JedmacPhee) 4 September 2018
Utterly dreadful inconsistency from @ScottishFA when it comes to reviews, Rangers must be made of teflon
Shame when genuine tackles aren’t withdrawn for the “smaller” teams. Very poor indeed
— Boomitsme (@happyasadaisy2) 4 September 2018
— ciarán (@NotoriousBAG_) September 4, 2018
Scandalous from @ScottishFA. The second week (in a row) where McGregor has assaulted an opponent off-the-ball. This time an absolutely clear-cut kick to the hip with studs, yet no action taken. @CelticFC need to come out and challenge them on it.
— Reckoner (@Reckoner1888) September 4, 2018
What a joke. Rangers players given the all-clear to kick out whenever they fancy.
— Paul Gormley (@paulfg42) September 4, 2018
Is that because Steven Gerrard will throw his dummy out the prank again… Top flight football was better without that mob called Rangers…
— GAVIN REDMOND (@SAUVEGAV) 4 September 2018
The fans are obviously fuming with the McGregor decision and will be even more annoyed if any of their players receives a retrospective ban for similar.