Motherwell defender Peter Hartley has been quoted by STV's Twitter account as saying that it was "fun to watch" Fabio Cardoso in pain, after the Portuguese ace broke his nose last season - and some Rangers fans have reacted on Twitter.
Cardoso, who has since left Rangers to move back to Portugal and join newly-promoted Sante Fe, suffered the facial injury during an aerial battle with Well attacker Ryan Bowman.
Motherwell won the match 2-0, in what was a Betfred League Cup semi-final thanks to a brace form striker Louis Moult, who has also left the club since the match - joining English Championship side Preston North End.
Hartley said, prior to Sunday's Scottish Premiership clash against Rangers: "I think Bowy [Bowman] broke a boy's [Cardoso] nose, didn't he?" Hartley said. "That was fun to watch; the way he was weeping."
The comments could have backfired on Hartley, with the Daily Record claiming that he could face a ban with the Scotland Football Association's compliance officer looking into his comments before making a decision.
Cardoso, 24, failed to feature to play for Rangers for more than two months after the injury, finally reappearing in the new year in a cup game against minnows Fraserburgh.
Some Rangers fans reacted to the news on Twitter, blasting Hartley for his comments on the former Gers star who was released by Steven Gerrard this summer before he moved to Santa Fe.
diddy player, diddy team, we celebrate trophies they celebrate broken noses.— Benson (@andrewbenson94) August 23, 2018
Surely bringing game into disrepute— GreeniRFC (@greeni12) August 23, 2018
Will be even funnier watching you's get pumped on Sunday ya clown.⚪️— carlo melucci (@melucciRFC) August 23, 2018
Try that on big Goldson . What a pishy press conference— Stevie JMD (@Notlongnoo) August 23, 2018
Good luck breaking Katic nose— R️sco (@BiskupRossi06) August 23, 2018
Never heard of this guy or recall seeing him play - the comment regarding Cardoso is completely out of order. No idea f he is trying to win the backing of his fans or what but I hope Rangers donour talking on the park and then we know who will be weeping on Sunday.— DFW Ger (@Dubai_Ger) August 23, 2018