Holmes can be found at all of the major sporting events in Scotland and had his lens focused on the action at Ibrox.
— jeff holmes (@jeffholmes24) December 30, 2018
— Jonathan More (@jonathanjcmore) December 30, 2018
The punch on Christie came in the closing minutes at Ibrox, shortly after Morelos had got away with raking his studs over Anthony Ralston’s back.
Assistant referee David Roome, who was groomed into the game by Bobby Madden, was close to the punch but decided to keep his flag down. Earlier on he had noticed a marginal offside decision when Callum McGregor put the ball in the net.
Morelos seemed to under special protection at Ibrox, committing four red card offences without as much as a warning from referee John Beaton. The match referee plus East Kilbride duo Madden and Roome are all members of the influential Lanarkshire Referees Association who supply the SFA with 57% of the FIFA rated referees.