Aberdeen defender Tommie Hoban has given a bizarre verdict on Curtis Main’s horror challenge on Rangers left-back Borna Barisic [Daily Record].
The incident took place just a few minutes before half-time in the Gers’ 2-1 victory at Pittodrie on Sunday afternoon.
Main charged towards a bouncing ball and went in with a high boot and studs showing, catching Barisic on the shin and leaving him in a heap on the turf.
It was an extremely poor challenge and Gers supporters were left in disbelief when referee John Beaton only produced a yellow card rather than a red.
However, remarkably, Hoban has suggested that Main’s caution was harsh.
“The one with Main, I didn’t think there was much in it at all,” he said [Daily Record]. “It might have been a foul. All that stuff is a bit unnecessary really.”
“People are always going to try to influence the ref and whether they did or not is open to debate.”
The Dons centre-back then went on to suggest that Ryan Hedges was unlucky to be sent off, despite bringing down Alfredo Morelos when he was through on goal.
Hoban’s comments come after Derek McInnes backed the referee’s call to send off Hedges but claimed that Main’s ‘robust’ challenge wasn’t worthy of anything more than a yellow [BBC Scotland].
Yet, the Dons manager’s decision to substitute Main almost immediately after the challenge, suggested that he believed his player had got away with one.
The main thing for the Gers, though, was that they left Pittodrie with three points to extend their Premiership winning streak to 15 matches, while Celtic’s draw against Hibernian on Monday ensures that their lead at the top of the table is now a massive 21 points.
There could be transfer business to be done between Rangers and Aberdeen this month, with a report suggesting that a rare player swap is on the cards.