Rangers defender James Sands should have been shown a red card in their most recent league game on Saturday.
This has been suggested by the former top-flight referee Dermot Gallagher, who has been speaking on Sky Sports News’ Ref Watch.
However, Gallagher believes they could have ended the game with 10 players on the pitch after Sands’ coming-together with Jordy Hiwula.
Sands was already walking a tightrope having been shown a yellow card by Don Robertson inside the opening 10 minutes of the game at Ibrox, and Gallagher has questioned the official’s decision.
He said: “Well, the referee didn’t think it was a foul, but I think if he gives a foul, it’s a straight red card. At worst, it’d be a second yellow, but the referee plays on. So the referee doesn’t think it’s a foul. I actually do, I think it’s a foul, I think it’s a red card.”
TIF Thoughts on Gallagher’s comments…
We have to say we are incredibly surprised the referee did not see this as a foul, with Sands seen to have his left arm around the County attacker and surely denied a goalscoring opportunity.
Should this have been a red card for Sands?
So we do think Sands was fortunate to be let off as it would have been a red-card offence – never mind a second yellow – given he was the last man at the back for the Gers.
And given the game was still tied at 0-0 and only 16 minutes had passed, it could have provided a much less comfortable afternoon of football for Van Bronckhorst and his men.