Rangers appeared to benefit from VAR’s incompetency yesterday as it ignored a potential red card for Ryan Kent.
The Gers have maintained their unbeaten record since Michael Beale came into the club as they beat Aberdeen 2-1 over the weekend, although they did require extra time and their opponents going down to 10 men.
Beale will now have the chance to win his first piece of silverware as a manager and put down a marker on Scottish football against bitter rivals Celtic when they face off later in the season.
However, it could have been very different had VAR noticed this incident involving Kent, who, heading into second-half stoppage time, decided to swing what looked like a punch towards Aberdeen’s Liam Scales on the halfway line, with nothing appearing to have provoked him.
Should Kent have been sent off?
TIF Thoughts on Kent’s incident…
It was an absolutely mad moment from Kent to swing at another player when the tie was very much still in the balance, especially knowing that VAR was in operation.
Therefore, Rangers and Kent can count themselves very lucky that no red card was brandished, however, as Chris Sutton has pointed out, the winger could indeed still be on the wrong end of retrospective action from the SFA.
If Kent had been sent off, it would have summed up what has been a pretty miserable 12-18 months for the winger, having managed to score just four league goals since the start of last season.