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Alex McLeish has suggested a change in the SFA judging system following the recent ban of Rangers forward Kemar Roofe.

The Bears ace has seen his yellow card against St Johnstone upgraded to a red and will now sit out the next two matches this week.

McLeish has claimed that the SFA panel needs an ex-player on their boards to judge the incidents, as they can add vital experience to the officials.


Speaking exclusively to Ibrox News, McLeish said, “I’m not sure of the system, no one is able to speak out or explain the way it works.

“I always feel that, like in England, they have the FA panel that assessed people who dived or sometimes a sending off that was unjust and appeals. There was maybe an ex-player on that.

“Why can’t we seek out the expertise of one of the experienced players that have played in Scotland? They have got access to go to the SFA and sit with them to judge these situations.”


There was outrage following this announcement, and rightly so.

Roofe hasn’t been back to his previous best since his return from injury, so possibly this ban will help him recover to the top of his game.

Odsonne Edouard has jumped into the top spot for the Golden Boot, and Roofe’s latest ban could see him lose vital ground in his hope to take home the award.

McLeish is spot on with his verdict on this incident though, an ex-player could have easily seen that Roofe only had eyes for the ball – hopefully, this can happen soon.

In other Rangers news, Charlie Adam reacts to Dave King ‘stirring the pot’ with Celtic


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