Radio Clyde left with egg on face over Rangers controversy after official update
Radio Clyde have been left with egg on their face by St Johnstone manager Callum Davidson after he confirmed Rangers ace Kemar Roofe did not injure Murray Davidson last week.
Roofe, who has since been retrospectively banned by the SFA for two matches, caught Davidson with his studs at Ibrox last Wednesday, forcing the Saints midfielder to be substituted off with an injury.
Davidson missed St Johnstone’s win over Livingston at the weekend and is also a doubt for the Betfred Cup final later this month.
Roofe’s challenge was an ugly one and at the time, he should have probably been sent off but Radio Clyde found themselves in hot water with Rangers at the weekend when Roger Hannah claimed the Gers forward caused Davidson’s injury.
On Saturday, Hannah claimed on Clyde SSB: “[Davidson] injured one calf muscle whilst trying to protect the other calf muscle after the Kemar Roofe challenge in midweek.”
The Heart & Hand’s Twitter account has since reported Rangers have taken issue with Radio Clyde over Hannah’s suggestion Roofe injured Davidson and won’t speak to the Glasgow-based broadcaster until the issue is resolved.
Saints boss Callum Davidson has now confirmed that Roofe did not cause the injury – mounting further pressure on Radio Clyde and Hannah to apologise.
“He’ll be 50-50 for the cup final because of a calf injury he’s got,” Davidson told Sky Sports.
“It’s not resulted from the tackle, it was his other leg but he’s carried it a little bit. When he got injured he was looking at that and obviously he’s got a scan. The scan shows he’s got a chance and as long as he’s got hope of the cup final, we’ll be pushing him as hard as we can to get him there.
“He won’t be in the team if he’s not right – it’s as simple as that. That’s just how football is, unfortunately. You get injured and have to fight your way back into the team.”
We’re not going to condone Roofe’s challenge for one moment because it was an ugly one that was deserving of a red card.
We doubt there was any malice involved in it and Roofe must have been gutted to think he’d hurt an opposing player when Murray Davidson was taken off shortly after the challenge.
But the witch hunt against Roofe, with simply false information, is uncalled for.
Hannah’s ill-informed update about Davidson paints an ugly picture about Roofe to those who aren’t fully aware of the incident.
Luckily, Rangers have got Roofe’s back and we’re also thankful for Callum Davidson for clarifying the whole controversy.
In other Rangers news, Tom English has taken aim at Dave King for his latest interview.