Morelos’ Old Firm derby sweat after latest incident
Morelos and Broadfoot clash (pic: SNS Group)
Rangers striker Alfredo Morelos will find out this week if he is to be the subject of a Scottish FA disciplinary probe which could see him ruled out of the Old Firm derby later this month.
The Gers’ top scorer was involved in an altercation with Kilmarnock’s Kirk Broadfoot as the teams went off at half-time of their league meeting on Saturday.
The incident was missed by the match officials but could yet be of interest to the SFA’s compliance officer. If the Colombian’s role in the flashpoint is deemed worthy of a retrospective red card, then the influential front man would miss the game against Celtic at Parkhead when the domestic action resumes after the international break.
“There was an incident,” said Kilmarnock manager Steve Clarke. “I didn’t see it because I’d already come in to prepare my half-time talk. But I’ve seen it back on video and there was definitely something that happened.
“We’ll let the people who look at the video decide.”
Opposite number Steven Gerrard said he also missed the incident and added: “I want Alfredo to keep playing as well as he can and to keep scoring goals. I want him to improve his disciplinary record so he can be available more. He knows that.
“But if other players, other teams, are constantly trying to wind him up and he’s getting zero protection then I can’t do anything about it.”
Morelos took his tally to the season to 29 with the equaliser in Rangers’ 1-1 draw which gave Celtic the chance to move 10 points clear with victory against Dundee 24 hours later.
The champions left it late at Dens Park with Odsonne Edouard netting an injury-time winner for the Hoops.
Reflecting on the gap at the top over Rangers, caretaker boss Neil Lennon said: “We are not taking anything for granted but it’s significant. Psychologically it’s huge.
“Is there a bit less pressure going into the Rangers game? Yes. I think so. It means we don’t have to win it. Ideally we would love to win it and get over the line as quickly as possible. But all the onus is on the other teams around us.
“The gap between first and second now is bigger than second and third – and that’s significant for us.”
Elsewhere in the top flight, Aberdeen failed to take advantage of Rangers’ slip when they could only draw at home to Livingston while an important victory over Motherwell took Hibs to within two points of city rivals Hearts, who were stunned by struggling Hamilton.
Scores: Rangers 1 Kilmarnock 1, Dundee 0 Celtic 1, Aberdeen 1 Livingston 1, Hamilton 1 Hearts 0.