Frank McAvennie has blasted Rangers striker Alfredo Morelos and Celtic midfielder Ryan Christie for going down “far too easily”.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, the former Hoops and St Mirren forward said the referees are watching out for both players “because they have cried wolf too many times”.
The pair will lock horns in just over two weeks time with the first Old Firm clash of the season scheduled for 17 October.
Morelos has scored three goals in five games for the Gers this month – a timely return to form given that Kemar Roofe is currently sidelined with a calf injury and is a doubt for the trip to Celtic Park.
McAvennie had both praise and criticism for the Colombian who has been continually linked with a move away from Ibrox this summer.
“Listen, he is a wonderful player but he is his own worst enemy,” he told Football Insider.
“He is also trying to get fouls and that will lead to injuries. He goes down far too easily for me. Morelos in the Rangers team and Christie in the Celtic team go down far too easily.
“Referees are not giving them it now even when it is a foul because they have cried wolf too many times. It takes a long time to get rid of that reputation because refs are watching out for it.”
Christie‘s 11 appearances in all competitions for Neil Lennon’s side this season have yielded three goals and six assists.
The Daily Record claim that such form has attracted interest from Premier League side Burnley with Sean Dyche said to be readying a late bid for the Scotland international.