Quickfire SFA response does little to dampen Rangers red card fury

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Quickfire SFA response does little to dampen Rangers red card fury

The SFA have moved quickly to overturn the red card shown to John Lundstram in Rangers’ recent draw with Hibs, but it’ll do little to dampen the fury coming out of Ibrox over the incident.

In fact, all this decision does is add to the anger after referee Willie Collum gave Lundstram his marching orders and ultimately went a long way to costing Rangers two points.

The SFA have officially downgraded the challenge – Lundstram cynically wiping out a breaking Martin Boyle – to a yellow card. This was the obvious and correct decision at the time.

Especially when you consider Lundstram himself was the victim of such a challenge from Hibs counterpart Jake Doyle-Hayes in the first half.

In a weekend of awful Scottish Premiership refereeing, this decision could have the biggest ramifications with a tight title race impacted by these dropped points in the 2-2 draw.

Rangers were 2-1 up and generally comfortable in the match before the decision and it had a game-changing impact even before the now banished Alfredo Morelos let the team down with a second red card.

Rangers damage already done after John Lundstram red card v Hibs

Rather than taking an age to rescind the red card, the SFA have moved quickly to acknowledge this mistake but for Rangers the issues run much deeper.

Football not only forms an important part of people’s personal and social lives, but it provides livelihoods beyond the football pitch for so many people and thus needs to be taken seriously at a professional level.

That the game in Scotland is being consistently undermined by these nuggets in the middle, seemingly clueless and unerringly incompetent, is a slap in the face of everyone who depends on the game for a living and who enjoys it as a spectator and fan.

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The SFA need to do more and it is quite simply unacceptable that in such a huge match in the Scottish Premiership domestic season these kind of mistakes are happening.

We are a laughing stock on the world stage at times and part of the reason is the two-bit refereeing we see week in, week out and the uptight characters at the heart of it.

Now that Rangers’ frustrations have been proven right, will Willie Collum apologise to the club for yet another game-changing decision that could yet have massive ramifications?