By Doug Ward

2nd May, 2021 | 2:30pm

McCoist and McFadden slam Nick Walsh for Jack Simpson yellow card in Rangers v Celtic

Ally McCoist and James McFadden blasted referee Nick Walsh for booking Jack Simpson in the first half of Rangers’ 4-1 win over Celtic on Sunday.

Simpson entered the referee’s book after he collided with Odsonne Edouard when the two players contested a ball in the air.

Edouard backed into Simpson and while there was contact, McCoist and McFadden couldn’t believe that Walsh saw enough to book the Gers defender.

Speaking on Sky Sports Main Event, McCoist said: “He definitely catches him but it’s harsh. Dear me, referee.”

McFadden replied by saying: “I don’t think he’s going to use his arm, Edouard makes the move, he knows he’s coming and kind of backs into him.

“I think that’s a very harsh yellow card, you can credit Edouard and say it’s clever but it’s there to be won and Simpson’s got every right to go for it.

“I don’t think that’s a yellow card. You can argue for the foul but it’s a harsh yellow.”

Walsh made up for it

When he booked Simpson, we were worried that Walsh would have a bit of a shocker in the final Old Firm derby of the season.

However, Walsh more than made up for booking Simpson when he sent Callum McGregor off later in the first half.

Walsh allowed play to continue after McGregor brought down Glen Kamara and as advantage was played, Kemar Roofe scored to put the Gers ahead before McGregor was booked again and sent off.

Rangers fans were concerned about Simpson starting this weekend.

While he could have done better to stop the Celtic goal from Odsonne Edouard, he managed to play really well.

We’ll have to see how he continues to perform as we try to see out the Premiership season unbeaten due to Filip Helander and Leon Balogun being injured, but the signs based on Sunday were very good.

In other Rangers news, this Gers target confirms he has an agreement to join a new club.