The Gers spent the majority of the match yesterday with a man disadvantage when Leon Balogun was shown a straight red card after just 28 minutes, but that didn’t stop Giovani van Bronckhorst’s men from picking up a crucial three points away to Motherwell.
Should Ojala have been sent off?
Van Bronckhorst will have known that picking up three points before their title rivals Celtic play on today would have been huge in terms of the league table, but also psychologically as the pressure now heaps on Ange Postecogolou.
While Van Bronckhorst will be happy with how his side rallied together against Motherwell, fans and the manager will be fuming that Juhani Ojala was not handed his marching orders when his two feet left the ground and appeared to recklessly take the ball and Scott Wright.
TIF Thoughts on missed red card incident…
Rangers did manage to pick up three points which is ultimately all that matters, however, after Balogun was sent off for a very similar incident just a moment earlier in the first half, fans will just be begging that referees can become consistent in their decision making as this one could have potentially cost them their chances of winning the league title.
Indeed, the fact that the challenge was at speed and in a scissor motion could have seriously injured the player. And, although the studs weren’t raised as high as Balogun’s challenge, these types of challenges can cause serious damage.
If Rangers hadn’t managed to pick up all three points against Motherwell, then the red card and this missed incident would have been magnified further by fans and pundits alike, but despite the Gers winning, it won’t likely change the fact that fans will feel hard done by and that officials aren’t getting things right for them at a crucial stage of the season.