Dundee striker Kenny Miller thinks Allan McGregor’s past caught up with him when the Scottish FA upheld his ban for a challenge on Aberdeen’s Lewis Ferguson.
The former Rangers striker insists he would’ve wanted action taken if he’d been on the receiving end – and claimed incidents earlier in the season made it almost certain McGregor would be banned.
“I thought the ban would remain, I can see what the defence would be but if it was against me I would be expecting some sort kind of action to be taken,” Miller told The Herald.
“Allan has been involved in a couple of situations like that this year, you think of the Ajer one against Celtic – he got away with that one a wee bit.
“I think the fact that he has already been involved in two or three situations this season that they’ve had to have a look at it. Maybe this was the one in the FA’s eyes that they’ve had to uphold.
“I can see what the defence could have been with regards to the Lewis Ferguson incident, trying to protect himself against an oncoming player.”
McGregor will serve a two-match ban after being cited by the Scottish FA’s compliance officer while Ferguson escaped a further rap after getting a little bit of revenge later in the game.
While Miller may have a point about previous incidents, it raises a dangerous precedent if it is indeed the case.
There’s never going to be widespread agreement on the challenge and whether it merited a ban.
Both sides have a strong case but they should be viewed in the context of the incident – not based on perceived close calls earlier in the season.