BBC pundit Billy Dodds is a “wee bit surprised” Rangers have challenged the two-match ban offered to Kemar Roofe following his challenge on St. Johnstone’s Murray Davidson – and remains adamant it merited a red card.
The Rangers striker was booked at the time but was cited by the Scottish FA on Friday and will appear before a disciplinary hearing tomorrow.
Dodds thinks the panel will uphold the decision to ban Roofe for the next two games – but insists here wasn’t any intent to hurt the St. Johnstone mdfielder.
“I’m a wee bit surprised they’re appealing it,” Dodds said [BBC Sportsound].
“I thought at the time it was a red and looking at it again I’ve not changed my mind. I think he’s got it horribly wrong where he’s, unfortunately, put his studs right down Murray Davidson above the ankle.
“When I saw it the second time I thought, ‘oft that’s a bad one’. I still don’t think there was any intent to do Murray Davidson but it doesn’t look that clever and I think that’s the opinion the panel will take.
“The panel will look at that and I don’t think they will take into consideration that there was no intent there.”
Roofe will miss the games with Kilmarnock and Dundee United if his ban is upheld.
With Alfredo Morelos also missing the Killie clash, it will leave Cedric Itten almost certain to start in Tommy Wright’s first game in charge of the Rugby Park side.
Meanwhile, the Lord Advocate has confirmed the ex-administrators of Rangers have been paid over £20million in damages