In an age when it is difficult to listen to many of the voices on our television screens each week, Chris Sutton is one of the most entertaining pundits in the game at the moment. He is not afraid to say something controversial , or call out his peers over their half-baked opinions.
He is also one of the most well-respected voices on Scottish football, especially south of the border. He repeatedly condemns English football pundits for their lack of respect and knowledge on the game in Scotland.
Sutton was on duty for BT Sport prior to Rangers' game with Kilmarnock this evening, joined by, amongst others, Rangers stalwart Ally McCoist. Naturally conversation soon turned to the most recent Old Firm game, in which Rangers ran out winners on a 1-0 scoreline.
Perhaps the biggest talking point to emerge from that game was the behaviour of Rangers striker Alfredo Morelos. Morelos was involved in a number of questionable incidents during the game and was incredibly lucky not to be sent off. Not only this, he also avoided any retrospective punishment for his actions.
-Kicks brown in the goolies
-Stands studs down on Ralston's back
-Grabs Christie in the goolies
Commited 4 fouls in open play aswell.
Beaton done his hardest to not book him and succeeded. Hunbelievable. pic.twitter.com/PAE3XI72EF
— Paul B 🍀 (@p_bov1) December 29, 2018
The lack of punishment for the player was brought up by the BT Sport crew, and there was certainly some difference in opinions. McCoist unsurprisingly felt that Morelos should not have been sent off in the match, an opinion that Sutton could not wrap his head around. You can watch their hilarious exchange below:
"Only in Scotland can you volley someone like that and say it's not brutal."
"Brutal is a strong word."
"YOU'VE GONE MAD! YOU CAN'T STAND THERE AND VOLLEY SOMEONE!!!"
Ladies and Gentlemen, we have peak @chris_sutton73 😂😂😂 pic.twitter.com/PJLGPZ9O1H
— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) January 23, 2019
Sutton definitely was not backing down on this one. Morelos was certainly incredibly lucky to stay on the pitch, and could have received his marching orders on multiple occasions.
To be fair, Rangers ran out deserving winners in that game, and the result has only added to what has been a surprisingly competitive season thus far. It seems that there may be a real title race in Scotland for the first time in years, and that is certainly something that fans of all clubs can enjoy.