Former Premier League referee Mark Halsey has claimed Rangers forward Kemar Roofe was lucky to avoid a red card in their game against St. Johnstone.
The incident came in the first half when the Rangers man went into a tackle with Murray Davidson and went over the ball, catching the midfielder on the leg.
He received a yellow card for his part in the incident from referee David Munro, but speaking exclusively to This Is Futbol, whilst Halsey understood why the referee gave the decision that he did in real time, he thinks that there’s a good chance Roofe could be dealt further punishment by the SFA.
He said: “I suppose with all the players closer together, most probably, the referee’s not got the perfect viewing angle. And as a referee, you don’t tend to guess on when you’re sending the player off, you know, he must have thought straight away it was a reckless challenge.
“But it’s clearly, clearly a red card. I understand that in Scotland, they can upgrade a yellow card to a red card – the SFA can serve notice on the player if the referee deems that he’s not seen the challenge in its entirety.
So, watch this space. He could still be facing a two or three-match ban for that challenge.”
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This situation comes across as a bit strange, because for the most part, Rangers are a well-disciplined side, currently sitting second-lowest in terms of yellow cards received (21) and they are yet to receive a red card in the league this season.
So this incident is very out of character for both the club and the player, with Roofe not exactly a dirty player by any means. But with players like Alfredo Morelos, who we have discussed before on This Is Futbol having his moments and now Roofe with this incident, there might be some concern that discipline might become a bit of a problem at Ibrox.