A furious Steve Clarke accused the Rangers support of life at night ages after being targeted with sectarian abuse in his Kilmarnock side’s Scottish Cup pummelling by Rangers.
Chants of “sad Fenian bastard” echoed round Ibrox as being the home side booked a quarter-final against Aberdeen having a 5-0 win. Alfredo Morelos struck four times on his return from suspension but Killie’s hopes were over after the goalkeeper, Daniel Bachmann, was dismissed with an off-the-ball clash with Glen Kamara.
Clarke could barely contain his disgust using the referee, Alan Muir, across the decision, branding the sending-off fiction. But he saved his fiercest condemnation with the home supporters.
“It’s lovely being extremely popular west of Scotland, very nice,” said hmo’s Chelsea defender. “When I had been approached by Rangers about overtaking the project this i was assured that ‘we would not have that under western culture of Scotland much more. It’s gone’.
“They can call me a bastard or a wanker. No worries, thanks, guys. But to call us a Fenian bastard, occur. Where am i currently in? The old?
“They aren’t in a position to call my assistant [Alex Dyer] a black b but they also can call us a Fenian bastard. Exactly what we doing in Scotland?
“I get out of bed in the morning and thank Chelsea for coming and taking me off the west of Scotland because the kids don’t get this. Thankfully whenever i go along there the children, my grandchildren don’t have to bother about this. So, fantastic being way back in Scotland.”
Steven Gerrard admitted the Rangers centre-back Joe Worrall had placed an arm over the visiting striker Eamonn Brophy when they clashed within the Rangers area two minutes in but said Killie penalty appeals were debatable.
Clarke had no doubt in regards to the matter and savaged Muir over his decision to deliver off Bachmann following the keeper was charged with elbowing Kamara in the corner 25 minutes in.
He said: “If the penalty had been given during the initial two minutes it will have been different. The red card can be a joke. Crowd the standards we would too go home. Why speak? It’s every week.
“You’ll probably blog about Morelos’s four goals nevertheless the officials decided the sport. It’s embarrassing. The goalie just lifted his arms. Every goalie will it really weekly. It’s embarrassing. How could i talk about football tonight?”
Morelos gave Rangers charge just seven minutes in and took benefit from his side’s numerical advantage to grab another on the stroke of half-time. The substitute Andy Halliday netted the final after being introduced which includes a quarter of the hour left while another two goals from Morelos late on took the Colombian’s tally to the season to 27.