By Pranav Shahaney

24th Apr, 2022 | 11:40am

SPFL referee believes Rangers hard done by in win v Motherwell

SPFL referee Nick Walsh believes Motherwell should have ended the game against Rangers with 10 men.

Motherwell defender Juhani Ojala slid in on Rangers winger Scott Wright and it appeared to be a two-footed tackle.

Both of Ojala’s feet were visibly airborne as he made contact with Wright and was not sent off for it.

Speaking to the Daily Record, Walsh said, “The Motherwell defender went into the book in the first half and just minutes after Balogun’s dismissal for a lunge on Scott Wright.

“Ojala slides in on the Rangers goalscorer as his left leg comes in to attempt to take the ball away from Wright’s feet.

“His two feet appear to be off the ground as he comes in, and it could be thrown into the same category of challenge that saw Leon Balogun sent off minutes before.

“Verdict: Red card for serious foul play, incorrect decision.”


This is exactly why VAR is needed in the Scottish game and it’s a shame it’s taken this long.

Thankfully, 41 of the 42 clubs voted in favour of it as it’s certainly needed in every league.

Giving referees the chance to amend their blunders is always the right thing as they often get things wrong.

It is difficult to gauge these things from the naked eye but this moment in the 3-1 game was pretty obvious.

Thankfully, it did not cost Rangers the game as there would be plenty fuming post the full-time whistle.

Gers are still in the hunt for the title and they cannot afford any more slip-ups if they want to win.

In other Rangers news, the club are ‘not convinced’ by a key first-team player and an early termination of his contract is extremely likely.