Less than a fortnight into 2020 and the double standards of Scottish football are again obvious to all.
Ryan Christie has already been tried and found guilty, handed a three-match suspension with the tag of brutality stamped against his name.
During the same match where the midfielder committed his ‘offence’ two other items have escaped the attention of the Compliance Officer.
After opening the scoring in the Glasgow derby Ryan Kent opted to run towards the Celtic support with one hand pointing a ‘pistol’ at his head and the other firing an imaginary gun at Celtic supporters. Afterwards the Ibrox media machine convinced their messengers it was a reference to an obscure song.
Dear @ScottishFA Compliance Officer,
If you can tell me why this double gun celebration is worthy of no action or card when aimed at opposition fans; yet bury your head in your shirt for a hat trick in front of your own fans is a yella, that’ll help me understand Scottish futba! pic.twitter.com/EaBH6tG42a
— Dee Mort (@Giant_Jouster) January 11, 2020
Guess who???? pic.twitter.com/HSQMis8Jcx
— Dundee United FC (@dundeeunitedfc) January 11, 2020
After being red carded Alfredo Morelos drew his finger slowly across his throat as he faced the Celtic support. With no action likely from the football authorities we were informed through the Ibrox media operation that gesture meant game over.
There is one set of rules for Christie and Shankland, another for whatever shade of blue is playing out of Ibrox.