By Doug Ward

18th Oct, 2021 | 12:10pm

Joe Aribo should be banned for incident in Rangers draw v Hearts - Ex-FIFA referee

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…

Joe Aribo should have been sent off for his challenge on Cameron Devlin as Rangers drew 1-1 with Hearts on Saturday, according to Keith Hackett.

Aribo was booked by referee Don Robertson after he lunged into a tackle against Devlin.

However, Hackett firmly believes that Aribo’s challenge merited a straight red card, which would have no doubt influenced the way the game went as it happened in the 35th minute.

“That was a red. He’s gone over the top and the referee’s in a really good position as well. It’s a straight red,” Hackett told Ibrox News.

“Still shots can exaggerate the problem but here’s a situation where I’ve seen the video and I’ve seen the still.

“That is, every day, a red card offence.”

When told that BBC Sportscene didn’t show the footage, the stunned former referee simply said: “Amazing.”

Aribo was substituted by Steven Gerrard in the second half and although it’s only Monday, it doesn’t look as though the SFA will be looking into the incident due to the fact Robertson saw the Gers player’s challenge and deemed a booking to be a suitable punishment.

It’s not just Rangers fans but football fans in general seem to have an obsession with still images when it comes to looking at fouls and deciding whether they are red cards or not.

Still images are not reliable and they can skew how challenges look in real-time.

But Hackett, someone who’s had time to assess the challenge in real-time and in a still, feels that was a red card.

In other Rangers news, Keith Jackson dubbed this Ibrox star a “clown” after what happened against Hearts.