By Pranav Shahaney

4th May, 2023 | 4:40pm

Rangers official partner shocked at Zak Lovelace controversy v Celtic in Scottish Youth Cup final

Heart and Hand were left stunned as Rangers sensation Zak Lovelace received a red card in the Scottish Youth Cup final against Celtic.

In an eleven-goal thriller on Wednesday, 3 May, it was the Hoops that edged out by a 6-5 scoreline with Lovelace picking up two yellows for simulation.

Manager Cameron Campbell was not too pleased with the decision and neither was the club’s official partner.

Heart and Hand wrote on Twitter, “Shocking red for Zak. Though I wish someone would send Ricky Foster off.”

Tough one to argue against

Lovelace, 17, knew what he was doing there and when he’s on a yellow card already, you’ve got to be careful about not diving needlessly.

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It’s hard to sell a dive perfectly and if he’s manufacturing contact then it’s clear for the referee to see and this one was hard to argue against.

These are still early days in his career but he needs to know that he will not be winning too many fans with such behaviour no matter how talented he is.

Everyone knows that his potential is sky high and that he’ll get better with time but he cannot be known as someone who dives to win fouls.

It’s a good learning experience for him and the rest of the team and they put in a good performance to reassure fans that there are talented players waiting to step in.

Hopefully, both the junior and senior teams can get the job done over Celtic next season as this has been a campaign to forget about.

In other Rangers news, the club are clearly playing a sick joke with their supporters after they made an announcement about a senior player.