By Joe Ellis

17th Aug, 2022 | 1:10pm

Rangers: Ex-referee brands Antonio Colak 'lucky' to avoid red card v PSV

Rangers were held to a 2-2 draw by Dutch side PSV Eindhoven on Tuesday but they were perhaps fortunate to end the game with 11 players.

Striker Antonio Colak was seen to attempt to slap one of the visitors’ defenders during play but missed the man which was lucky for him as the officials on the night did not intervene.

Former grade one referee Des Roache thinks the Croatian was extremely fortunate that the officials did not take action as he scored one of the Light Blues’ goals at Ibrox.

“Quite frankly he was lucky to stay on the pitch. He’s made a striking motion,” Roache said on the Get Involved Referee Podcast. “You talk about serious foul play and endangering an opponent, but you also talk about violent conduct. If you throw your arm out and hit someone on the back of the head, is that making a play for the ball?

“The two players had been at it all night – pushing and pulling. Colak had a great night and that’s four goals in his last four games. But he has taken a hell of a gamble.

“It doesn’t matter if he doesn’t land a blow – an attempt is the same as a strike – and he did catch the player so he can consider himself a very lucky boy.”

Give over

Roache is in danger of becoming another referee who is caving to the demands of those who think every bit of contact is a foul these days.

The fact that Colak did not make any contact with the PSV player means there should not be any discussions to be had whatsoever because it is not an incident at all.

If there was any indication that an incident had occurred, then the Eindhoven players would have surely made a much bigger deal of the moment than they did.

The 28-year-old has to remain level-headed though in future because he has been in top form so far this season and Giovanni van Bronckhorst won’t want to lose him to a stupid red card.

Alfredo Morelos has got through that petulant phase now and is a much calmer individual that has also seen his goal-scoring record improve and Colak has to learn from his fellow Ibrox number nine.

In other Rangers news, talkSPORT pundit Jamie O’Hara has made a big claim about Ryan Kent that, if it were to happen, would see him leave the cub.