STEPHEN ROBINSON pointed an accusing finger at Rangers’ controversial striker Alfredo Morelos following 10-man Motherwell’s 7-1 flop at Ibrox yesterday.

Fir Park defender Carl McHugh was ordered off by referee Craig Thomson with the score tied at 1-1.

The match official adjudged the Well star had deliberately handled inside the box as he produced a second yellow card and pointed to the spot where James Tavernier thumped the ball beyond Trevor Carson.

Three minutes before his dismissal, McHugh had been booked for a challenge on Colombian frontman Morelos who went down theatrically.

Robinson, who was sent to the stand in the aftermath of his player’s red card, said: “I thought it was a penalty.

“The letter of the law suggests he needs to be sent off. But the first booking is a disgrace. It’s embarrassing.

“I have to say that referees are getting conned by the same people continually.

“Certain players get away with certain things every week. The referees have a hard task.

“If you are getting fooled every week all the time then it’s difficult for them. It wasn’t a free-kick in the first place, it certainly wasn’t a yellow card.

“Having said that, it certainly wasn’t the reason we went on and lost six goals. I’m certainly not going to hide behind a referee. We can do so much better than we did defensively.”

Robinson appeared to react angrily to remarks from Ibrox technical coach Tom Culshaw and was far from happy about being ordered to the stand.

He added: “Listen, members of their staff came up to voice their opinion.

“I was the only one sent to the stand. A young boy out of his depth as a fourth official obviously can’t deal with that. I don’t think it was a major incident.”


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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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