Goalkeeper gets sent off for bizarre kung fu kick - and his victim gets booked too! (VIDEO)
Rangers, who are coached by ex-Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard, once again trailed in city rivals Celtic's wake at the top of the Scottish Premiership. The team's ill-discipline has cost them several points throughout the season as Gerrard - a man who wasn't immune to the 'red mist' during his own career - has struggled to keep 11 players on the field throughout the season.
Alfredo Morelos, Rangers' top scorer, has been sent off an incredible FIVE times so far this season and has still managed to score almost 30 goals in between suspensions but perhaps none of the Colombian's red cards were quite as bizarre as that experienced by Allan McGregor last weekend.
The 42-times capped Scottish international goalkeeper was sent from the field after connecting with Hibs' Marc McNulty with what can only be described as a kung fu move as the forward attempting to block a goal kick, before appearing to realize his error and hold his own ankle in pain as if McNulty had been the offender.
The referee clearly didn't buy McGregor's excuses, but perhaps more strangely he had a zero tolerance policy towards McNulty too, who was shown a yellow card for his part in being kicked in the back.
"I turned away and jogged on and the referee pulled it back. For me, the most surprising thing was that I was penalised in it all and given a booking," McNulty told the Daily Record.
"I do that every week, just standing in front of the keeper and making a nuisance of myself. All strikers do that to keepers."
McNulty was surprised by the incident most of all, given that there had been no previous confrontations between he and McGregor in the match.
"There wasn’t any kind of niggle between us previously. He’s kicked the ball up the park, followed through with a kick – and only he’ll know whether he meant it or not."
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