By Ben Brown

17th Apr, 2022 | 6:40pm

Pat Bonner hits out at Kemar Roofe for forwards challenge on Daizen Maeda

Celtic favourite Pat Bonner believes Rangers’ Kemar Roofe should have been sent off against Celtic in the Old Firm derby after his foul on Daizen Maeda.

Speaking on BBC Radio Scotland, the 61-year-old thinks Roofe got away with what was a full-blooded challenge during the Scottish Cup semi-final at Hampden that brought a promising Celtic counter to a close.

Referee Bobby Madden deemed the challenge worthy of just a yellow card but Bonner insists that it was the wrong call.

“Roofe is a lucky man to be on the pitch. Everybody knew what he was going to do, the referee knew it too.

He’s lucky it’s just a yellow card because Maeda was gone. He comes from behind and takes him down.”

Too Much

Whilst there’s no doubt Roofe’s challenge was fairly cynical, the calls for it to be a red seem quite the overreaction from many of those with Celtic affiliations.

Bonner spent his entire career with the Hoops so the bias is to be expected, but even so, it still seems quite delusional to suggest it warranted a sending off.

The challenge was around the halfway line with plenty of Rangers bodies still in front of Maeda, whilst the contact itself was minimal as Roofe looked to trip the Japanese international.

Madden has done his best to let the game flow and he has to remain consistent with his decisions, which he definitely wouldn’t have been should he have decided to give Rangers’ number 25 his marching orders.

Ultimately it’s a big derby game which is always going to have challenges flying in, and the same pundits asking for a Roofe red would probably cheer a similar tackle from someone in a Celtic shirt.

In other Rangers news, Chris Sutton was left less than impressed by this Rangers player’s first-half display at Hampden.