By George Overhill

18th Mar, 2023 | 4:40pm

Rangers ace Todd Cantwell slammed by BBC pundit for controversial Motherwell red card for Callum Slattery

Todd Cantwell was accused of making “a big meal of it” by Kenny Miller, as an arm to the face of the Rangers man saw Callum Slattery sent off for Motherwell.

The Well midfielder was on a yellow when he attempted to shield the ball from the Light Blues’ January arrival, but his swinging arm made contact with Cantwell’s face and got him his marching orders.

With the score at 4-2 as they were reduced to 10 men in the 76th minute it essentially ended the match as a contest, and while Miller accepted it may have been worthy of a second booking, he sniffed at the Gers man’s reaction.

Speaking on BBC Sportsound, via the BBC Sport live-blog, he said: “We see this more and more when the player on the ball’s trying to protect himself. Slattery’s in control of the ball, Cantwell’s trying to attack from the side.

“If he’s meant it, it’s a second booking and a red card. Cantwell made a big meal of it.”

Over the top?

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Cantwell made the most of it for sure but you are always taking a risk if you have your arms up into a player’s face.

It may have been a slightly harsh decision but it probably didn’t have a huge effect on the result ultimately, with Rangers having produced a strong second-half in an attacking sense to put right an indifferent first 45 and give themselves a two-goal cushion.

The former Norwich man’s first Bears goal was a far more important contribution, as he netted the third on the day to give the visitors a lead they would not relinquish, after Antonio Colak and James Tavernier had both been kept out.

It is another three points for Michael Beale and his side, and it was a second half display that contained a lot of positive elements.

But there was still plenty of evidence for how far this team needs to develop still to become a real threat to Celtic at the top of the table, with some sloppy defending giving away two goals.

Cantwell was good and his role is increasing since his January signing, even if the red card didn’t shower him in glory.

In other Rangers news, the Light Blues could sell four players in the summer and bank millions in profit.