Ibrox Exclusive: McNamara tears into Rangers player for behaviour - 'It's just stupidity'
Jackie McNamara blasted Rangers attacker Alfredo Morelos for reacting to the crowd during the win over Celtic.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Laura O’Leary, the Celtic legend pointed out that every player gets stick during the Old Firm Derby, and it’s how you react to it that matters.
Morelos made a throat-cutting gesture to the crowd during the Gers’ 2-1 win over the Hoops with Chris Sutton claiming his behaviour should see him hit with a ban.
McNamara slammed Morelos for the absolute stupidity of his decision to react to supporters but did admit if he did suffer racist abuse then he’ll be very disappointed with the Celtic crowd.
When asked if the book should be thrown at Morelos for reacting to the crowd as it could be awkward given he may have suffered racist abuse, McNamara told Football Insider: “Again it’s just stupidity.
“We saw it the other week against Motherwell as he gestured at fans due to them giving him stick.
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“It’s an Old Firm game, everyone was getting stick, it wasn’t just him.
“I read it was racial abuse which I’m hoping it wasn’t, cause that needs to be looked at.
“But until that’s proven or seen, everyone gets it during the 90 minutes of the Old Firm as it’s an intense game between two rivals, so it’s not just Morelos getting stick.
“So you know you’re going to get some abuse and sticks, it’s how you handle it.
“It’s not all about him, other players don’t react that way.
“However if it is racist abuse, I will be very disappointed if that turns out to be the case.”
The Colombian forward has already been hit with an automatic suspension following the Old Firm Derby as he was issued a red card during the match.
The Gers issued a statement to address Morelos’ actions during the game as they explained the gesture is “used commonly throughout South America to indicate quite simply that something – in this case, the match – is finished.”
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