THE antics of Alfredo Morelos and Ryan Kent in Rangers’ 2-1 win over Celtic at Parkhead in December have played a part in an immediate £10,000 fine for the Ibrox club.

There will be a further £5,000 punishment from the SFA which has been suspended until the end of the season.

The penalties are for the incidents in the Glasgow derby and also a flashpoint during the Premiership meeting with Hibs at Easter Road. The club have been found to have breached disciplinary rule 204.

Gers previously said they were “astounded” after being issued with the charges relating to the two games just before the turn of the year.

Technical coach Tom Culshaw was sent off in the 3-0 win over the Edinburgh outfit following an altercation on the touchline with the home side’s bench after a reckless tackle on Borna Barisic, which saw Ryan Porteous sent off. He was handed an immediate one-match suspension for his part in the incident, plus a suspended one-game ban which will expire at the end of the season.

CAPITAL PUNISHMENT…Ranger’s flare-up at Easter Road brought a fine.

Another charge for the Ibrox club took into account Kent’s goal celebration at Parkhead, Morelos’ gesture after being red-carded and Michael Beale’s subsequent confrontation with the Celtic bench.most notably assistant manager John Kennedy.

Rangers faced punishment for gestures made by Morelos and Kent, but both players escaped individual action.

Kent made an apparent gun gesture after putting Steven Gerrard’s side ahead while Morelos was seen drawing his hand across his throat as he walked off following his stoppage-time red card.

The club later claimed the Colombian had made a “gesture used commonly throughout South America to indicate quite simply that something – in this case, the match – is finished”.

First-team coach Beale received an immediate three-game ban with another two matches suspended.


About Author


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.

Loading ...