Billy Dodds has been left surprised at Rangers’ decision to challenge the SFA charge handed to Kemar Roofe over the weekend.
Steven Gerrard confirmed after the 1-1 draw against Hamilton on Sunday that the Bears have appealed the charge, with the hearing set to take place tomorrow.
Dodds claimed that the striker got it “horribly wrong” against St Johnstone, and it doesn’t matter whether he meant to do it or not.
Speaking on Sportsound after the Hamilton draw, as relayed by the Scotsman, insinuating that Roofe is likely to be handed a two-game ban.
“I’m a wee bit surprised they’re appealing it,” he said.
“I thought at the time it was a red and looking at it again I’ve not changed my mind. I think he’s got it horribly wrong where he’s, unfortunately, put his studs right down Murray Davidson above the ankle.
“When I saw it the second time I thought, ‘oft that’s a bad one’. I still don’t think there was any intent to do Murray Davidson but it doesn’t look that clever and I think that’s the opinion the panel will take.
“The panel will look at that and I don’t think they will take into consideration that there was no intent there.”
This doesn’t make for good reading.
Rangers got a taste of life without Roofe or Alfredo Morelos from the start against Hamilton, and it was a difficult watch in the draw.
Cedric Itten finally got the chance to start at the Fountain of Youth Stadium and let’s just say he will need to up his game massively against Kilmarnock if given that chance again.
Based on Dodds’ verdict, it appears likely that the two-game ban may be handed to Roofe, who would be massively unlucky to miss those after his recent injury.
There will be uproar towards the SFA yet again should this happen, and they need to prepare themselves for the worst.
In other Rangers news, Steven Gerrard shares verdict on Bears debut of Scott Wright