By Daniel Feliciano

18th Apr, 2022 | 1:45pm

Chris Sutton furious with Bobby Madden after 'baffling' decisions in Rangers win v Celtic

Chris Sutton couldn’t contain his fury at referee Bobby Madden after Rangers beat Celtic in the Scottish Cup semi-final, but admitted the better side won.

Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s side came from behind to win 2-1 after extra-time thanks to goals from substitute Scott Arfield and an own goal by Carl Starfelt.

But the win didn’t come without controversy and while he admitted that Rangers were ‘simply the better side’, Sutton said Madden turned in ‘one of the worst refereeing performances’ he’s seen in a long time in his Daily Record column.

“I said beforehand they are two closely matched teams and this time Rangers were simply the better side,” he said.

“They pressed high and while there was a lot of talk about them being tired and leggy after Thursday night, I never bought it.

“There’s no getting away from the fact Bobby Madden turned in one of the worst refereeing performances I’ve seen in Scotland for a long time.

“He had a shocker. Some of his decisions and thought processes were baffling.”


Lets get it straight, Rangers didn’t win the game because the referee was poor. They were the better team for 105 of the 120 minutes played on the day.

But Madden’s performance was pretty diabolical and all the criticism he is getting for some of his decisions are completely warranted.

No matter who was going to lose the game, they would have had a right to be unhappy with the officials but ultimately the best team on the day won and so it’s a little less controversial than it could have been.

Sutton is never one to mince his words and for him to admit that Rangers were better than Celtic on the day is pretty good of him, but it was undeniable to anyone who watched the game.

Rangers will now march on to the final against Hearts, while continuing to pursue their European dream. That will undoubtedly soften the blow of a title loss to Celtic, and means they’re four games away from history.

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