By Pranav Shahaney

16th Oct, 2021 | 10:04pm

Robbie Neilson: Juninho Bacuna deserved to be sent off in Rangers v Hearts

Rangers midfielder Juninho Bacuna should have been shown a red card on Saturday, claims Hearts boss Robbie Neilson.

The two teams shared the spoils thanks to Craig Halkett’s strike in injury time to salvage a point of Hearts.

Neilson, who was himself shown a red card and told to vacate the touchline, believes he should not have been the only one to be given his marching orders on the day.

He said, via The Scottish Sun, “I am disappointed that I got that second yellow.

“I am more disappointed at the fourth official because the boy has grabbed Stephen Kingsley by the throat and that is a red card in anyone’s book so I complained about that and complained again and got a second one.

“For me, that was a stonewall red card.”

Got away

Given how a draw is still not the best of results, Gers clearly got away with not having to end this game with ten men.

Things would’ve got a lot tougher and maybe Steven Gerrard’s men would concede earlier than they did.

Bacuna was clearly seen grabbing Stephen Kingsley by the throat and the rule of the law suggests that it was a red card offence.

He wasn’t shown a red, which saw Neilson go into a fit of maniacal anger directed at the way of the officials.

John Lundstram’s goal may have given this side enough to hold on for a win, but looking at the balance of things, a draw seems to be the fair result.

Gers still continue to be top of the table, but a win for Celtic now sees them just four points off the defending champions.

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