Neil McCann blasts Leon Balogun for 'dangerous' tackle in Rangers v Motherwell
Leon Balogun was correctly sent off for Rangers against Motherwell after a ‘dangerous’ tackle, according to BBC pundit Neil McCann.
Rangers took an early lead at Fir Park through Scott Wright, before Balogun went flying into a tackle with Dean Cornelius and was given a straight red card before the half-hour mark.
After seeing replays of the incident former Rangers striker McCann blasted the Nigeria international for what he called a ‘strong’ tackle despite admitting that he won the ball too.
“I have to say it’s the correct decision on first viewing,” he said.
“Dean Cornelius has bounced through two nutmegs, bounces through too challenges and then when it comes to the third, Leon Balogun goes in strong but he goes in with the sole of the boot.
“He looked like it was full-on speed. He does get a bit of the ball but it doesn’t matter because I think it’s dangerous.”
Balogun put his team in danger with the tackle, never mind the opposition player and was deservedly sent off despite getting the ball first.
The follow through is high and catches Cornelius above the ankle, with plenty of force and more than enough to warrant giving him his marching orders.
Rangers quickly felt the wrath of the card, with Motherwell equalising a few minutes later but ultimately they were able to claw it back and come away with a comfortable 3-1 win.
Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s team selection suggested he will prioritising the Europa League for the remainder of the season, but with Balogun now suspended he won’t be able to rotate his central defenders as he would have wanted.
Balogun’s contract is set to expire in the summer and poor decisions such as that tackle won’t do him any favours as he starts to look towards a renewal or an exit.
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