Date: 29th April 2019 at 8:21pm
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Adrian Durham fumed over manager Derek McInnes slamming Rangers defender Nikola Katic.

McInnes claimed the 22-year-old Gers player should hang his head in shame after winning his side two penalties in Rangers’ 2-0 win over the Dons as he claimed the player went down without being touched.

“I think the Rangers player should hang his head in shame at the way he went down,” said McInnes, as quoted by BBC Sport.

“There’ absolutely no contact and I think he’s the one who should have been dealt with for trying to buy a kick.”

Durham didn’t appreciate McInnes remarks at all and furiously pointed out why the Aberdeen boss was wrong to make such comments.

“My player should have gone down to win a ,” said Durham on talkSPORT (18:40, Monday April 29th).

“He then said their player should hang their head for going down easy, have you ever heard anything like that?

“The blatant hypocrisy of managers, what an absolute disgrace.”

Durham didn’t mince his words and it’s easy to see why he was so furious. The broadcaster likely didn’t rip McInnes apart due to wanting to shield Katic from blame, as the Rangers centre-back can defend himself, but probably did it due to how it reflected on the referee. How is a referee meant to have an easy day at the office, when McInnes is encouraging his player to dive in order to win a free-kick, while condemning another player for hitting the deck easily. The referring in Scotland has come under great scrutiny this season due to the amount of controversial decisions, but McInnes’ remarks show how it’s difficult to be a referee. In fact McInnes’ remarks are so out of line that it makes the debate about whether the Gers defender dived sort of irrelevant. The Aberdeen boss should just have let the powers that be analyse the incidents and comment on the Rangers man themselves if they thought he did wrong.