We’re delighted to welcome former Premier League referee Keith Hackett as our exclusive Rangers columnist. Each week he’ll be giving his views on the biggest talking points at Ibrox…
Bobby Madden should have booked Stephen Welsh for his challenge on Rangers star Ryan Kent on Sunday, according to Keith Hackett.
Play was allowed to continue after Kent was clattered to the ground by Welsh before Steven Davis managed to score and put the Gers ahead in their 2-0 win over Celtic in the Scottish Cup.
However, Madden should have gone back and booked Welsh in the eyes of ex-Premier League whistler Hackett, who was less than pleased with the Celtic defender’s challenge.
“I would have expected the referee to go back and show a yellow card. That was a reckless challenge so for me, it’s a yellow card,” Hackett told Ibrox News.
“This is a Celtic-Rangers Old Firm derby and however you look at it, it is a cautionable offence. There’s no question the referee’s got it wrong. But in a game of that nature, you have to work on the judgement of the referee in terms of his balancing and management of the game.
“There’s no VAR so he can’t go to VAR but he wouldn’t have anyway. He’s made an error and will learn from it.”
We’re not quite sure how Madden forgot to book Kent because it was a cast-iron yellow card for the Bhoys player, who completely wiped Kent out.
Luckily, the Gers winger was able to release the ball to Joe Aribo before he was taken out and Aribo then went on to assist Davis’ spectacular overhead kick.
We’re not going to sit here and moan about the decision too much because at the end of the day, Welsh’s decision to go in on Kent meant that he was out of position for the goal so he was already kind of punished in that regard.
But, as Hackett says, Madden shouldn’t be letting play go on and letting players avoid punishment at the same time for a blatant yellow-card challenge.
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