Rangers owed SFA apology as damage already done by latest cock-up

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Rangers owed SFA apology as damage already done by latest cock-up

Rangers might be launching an appeal over the John Lundstram red card – but the club are also owed an SFA apology as they once again raise “concerns” over Willie Collum.

The card-happy whistler ruined a perfectly good game by putting himself front and centre and objectively refereeing Rangers and specifically John Lundstram to a different standard than he had Hibs earlier in the game.

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In the first half Hibs star Jake Doyle-Hayes was shown only a yellow for a challenge on a breaking John Lundstram, only for the Gers midfielder to be judged more harshly for an identical foul on Martin Boyle in the second half.

There is no-one in the game of football who believes this was a red card other than Willie Collum apparently and the Gers are quite correct to be launching an appeal.

It will surely get rescinded with the Ibrox club also mulling over a potential Alfredo Morelos appeal, with the Gers striker letting his teammates down after the side went down to 10 men.

Rangers appeal John Lundstram red after Willie Collum horror show

For me, Rangers are being incredibly ambitious to expect the Morelos red to be overturned with the Colombian giving Willie Collum a decision to make.

Say what you like; there’s no doubt Rangers were much better placed to see out a 2-1 win with 10 men on the pitch and Morelos did cost the club here.

But had Willie Collum not taken this opportunity to incorrectly send John Lundstram off the pitch then something tells us Rangers could’ve seen this game out too.

Having previously and publicly raised concerns about Collum in 2019 – after the referee sent off Daniel Candeias for blowing kisses – the club are telling media that they have “expressed concerns” over the whistler’s conduct [the Athletic].

The thing is, these two dropped points could be pivotal come the end of the season in what promises to be a tight Scottish Premiership title race.

The game is not going to be replayed; the damage is already done.

So the question is, if this red card is to be overturned, then will Rangers receive an apology and an explanation from both the SFA and Willie Collum?

Human error is one thing, taking a complete lack of responsibility is another.

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If Lundstram’s card is overturned then it stands as evidence Rangers have been unfairly disadvantaged in a way that contributed to two dropped points.

Will Willie Collum take responsibility and apologise for what could prove, even at this point in the season, a monumental mistake?

Meanwhile, links to one high-profile attacking midfielder have been rubbished but there remains hopes regarding another potential target.