Former Old Firm rivals Chris Sutton and Alex Rae got in a heated debate on Wednesday night amid discussions over last weekend’s fiery derby game.
Celtic defeated Rangers by 2-1 thanks to a late James Forrest winner, but the game was marred by a number of flashpoints which included the sending off of Alfredo Morelos and Ryan Kent striking Scott Brown following the home side’s second goal.
Speaking on BT Sport following Celtic’s victory over St Mirren, former striker Chris Sutton outlined that some of the things coming out following the game have been slightly concerning from a Rangers point of view.
“Some of the stuff coming out after the game have been slightly concerning,” said Sutton.
“Steven Gerrard saying that Celtic are playing the victim card; this is a guy who on the first day of the season was complaining about conspiracy theories with referees. If I came over and punched you and elbowed you in the face, Daryl, I would say that you would be the victim in that situation.
“We saw massive deflection tactics. People talking about Scott Brown at the end of the game, who did very little. This is a Rangers team who over the years have celebrated with the huddle.”
Another flashpoint which occurred after the game involved Rangers midfielder Andy Halliday and Scott Brown again, with Halliday seemingly unhappy with the manner in which the Celtic captain celebrated the victory.
Sutton criticised Halliday and outlined that he feels Rangers have made no improvement since Steven Gerrard took over.
“We saw Andy Halliday, a player who they were talking about at Ibrox getting a DVD out about him because he made one tackle which was 80/20 in his favour and has made a couple of throw-ins this season.”
“He’s a bang average player who’s trying to use these things to create melees. Do your business on the pitch. You’ve had one win the the last three seasons [against Celtic].
“Let me tell, you Rangers haven’t made progress this season. They’ve lost three times to Aberdeen. Kilmarnock have been better than them in the league, Rangers haven’t beaten Hibs. All this nonsense, ‘Steven Gerrard has made progress’ – he’s 13 points behind and they’re out of the cup competitions. I’ve never heard so much waffle.”
Rae hit back by criticising Scott Brown for the way in which he “winds people up”
“He doesn’t have to do it in front of them,” said Rae.
“This is the Celtic captain we’re talking about here. Have a wee bit of dignity, walk away from the situation and celebrate with the 59,000 fans. He doesn’t have to wind people up.”
The pair then went back and forth in the clip you can find below;
"Making a DVD about Andy Halliday? He's a bang average player!"
No punches pulled on Scottish Football Extra!
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