By Mike Slater

25th Apr, 2022 | 11:15am

Keith Hackett: Nick Walsh made top-class decision to hand Leon Balogun off for Rangers v Motherwell

We’re delighted to welcome former Premier League referee Keith Hackett as our exclusive Rangers columnist. Each week he’ll be giving his views on the biggest talking points at Ibrox

Keith Hackett has showered praise on Nick Walsh for his quick action to dismiss Leon Balogun in Rangers’ win against Motherwell.

The ex-FIFA official labelled the decision as “top class” after the Nigerian was shown his marching orders for a rash challenge.

Balogun didn’t have too many complaints, and the Bears went on to win the game 3-1 at Fir Park without much danger in the second half.

“I think that for me was a clear red,” he exclusively told Ibrox News.

“The referee was positive in his approach, I think that’s as clear as it gets.

“For the referee to spot that, that’s pretty good officiating in anybody’s book, that’s a really top-class decision and the player can have no complaints about being dismissed.

“The referee was quick over there, he got his red card out, everyone knew it potentially stops an incident of retribution. That’s a solid piece of refereeing.”


No one could have any major complaints about Walsh’s decision to send Balogun off, it was a crazy incident.

With no real danger out wide, the defender went flying in which caused him to go over the ball and into his opponents’ shin.

They have always been red card challenges, and Balogun is experienced enough to know that he made a dreadful decision.

In the same week, as VAR was voted into Scottish football, the best way of looking at this one is that technology certainly wouldn’t have intervened.

Thankfully, it didn’t end badly and the three points were still secured.

In other Rangers news, One 25-year-old could now be deemed as surplus to requirements at Ibrox this season