Stuart McCall on when Rangers’ Haris Vuckic should dive

Diouf Rangers

Stuart McCall is keen to see Haris Vuckic stop diving - except in one situation.

The 22-year-old striker was booked for simulation inside Livingston’s penalty area, and McCall has told STV that he does not want to see diving again, except if Vuckic goes swimming.

“I did look back at it and I did think it was a dive,” McCall told reporters after the 1-1 draw. “I spoke to him afterwards and told him that if he wants to dive get to the swimming baths, that’s the only place for diving. I don’t like seeing it.”

Whilst it was a dive, the question remains of whether McCall would have given the same response if Vuckic had won a penalty - which would have given Rangers the chance of winning three valuable points.

Regardless of McCall’s potential response, it is good to see him admit to talking to the on-loan Newcastle forward about his future conduct, as diving really does have no place in the game.

If Vuckic’s dive had been given as a penalty, not only would Rangers probably have won the game, cementing their hold on second place, but it would also have prevented Livingston from picking up a valuable point as they look to escape relegation.

It is the fine margins which are often overlooked in modern football, when fans are willing to forgive their own for something they deride others for, and it is great to see McCall back the rules of the game, rather than showing blind faith to a player of his.

It is the kind of honesty that football needs to see more of in the future, and a positive aspect to take from a stuttering draw with the bottom placed Championship club.

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