By Daniel Feliciano

23rd Apr, 2022 | 12:43pm

Ally McCoist reacts to Leon Balogun red card for Rangers v Motherwell

Ally McCoist was in agreement with the referee after Leon Balgoun was sent off for Rangers in the first half of their clash with Motherwell on Saturday afternoon.

The Bears were 1-0 up thanks to an early goal from Scott Wright, but were reduced to 10 men after just 27 minutes when defender Balgoun flew into a tackle just beyond the half way line.

The referee was quick to make the decision but after seeing replays of the incident McCoist, who was commentating for Sky Sports, admitted it was the right decision and admitted his surprise at Balogun’s decision to make the challenge anyway.

“I’m surprised at the challenge because there’s no need to make it really,” he said.

“Referee Nick Walsh in absolutely no doubt. It’s very, very physical. Little nutmeg on Barisic.

“You know something, he takes the ball and his left foot goes over the top of the ball, so I can understand the referee’s decision. Totally understand it.

“I think he catches the top of the ball, but then his foot rolls over the top and it catches Cornelius. He definitely takes the ball, but unfortunately for him the continuing movement, he goes over the ball and catches Cornelius.

“I actually don’t have a problem at all with the red card.”


What a silly decision from Balogun, but the referee got it spot on in fairness to him and he didn’t need VAR for this one.

Balogun flew into the tackle and while he won the ball first, it was reckless and dangerous to go in high and ultimately the referee made he right call.

Balogun is the most experienced outfield player of the lot and he should know better than to do silly things like blast players away from home, especially in an area of the pitch that just wasn’t dangerous.

He could easily have just cleared it away or stood tall and competed with Cornelius but instead tried to make a statement with the tackle and got it horribly wrong.

With Filip Helander out for the season, the manager now will have no options to rotate at centre-back any more for the next league games with Calvin Bassey the only other senior option in that position.

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