Derek McInnes has given his verdict on Ryan Kent’s red card in the 1-1 draw between Rangers and Aberdeen at Pittodrie on Tuesday night [Sky Sports].
Kent was sent off by referee Kevin Clancy for a second bookable offence in the 83rd minute as the Gers dropped points in the Granite City.
The winger’s first caution came following a minor collision with Jonny Hayes and then the second, less than ten minutes later, came when Scott Brown threw himself to the ground with Kent in close proximity.
Gio van Bronckhorst didn’t really complain about the decision to send his player off during his post-match Sky Sports interview.
But Clancy’s call brought widespread condemnation on social media and from pundits.
McInnes, who was working for Sky Sports at the game, felt it was extremely harsh.
“There’s nothing significant,” he said about the first yellow. “I just think he (Clancy) needs to have a word there, especially with the amount of yellow cards there have been in the game already.”
“Then in this one, Scott Brown does what he does. I’m surprised that Kent didn’t protest his innocence more because I agree with Andy [Walker] on commentary, I don’t see any real contact there.
“For that to be deemed to be two yellow cards I think is really disappointing and I think he’s got it wrong.”
McInnes recently took over as Kilmarnock manager and, of course, he played for Rangers in the 90s, but for a pundit with such close ties to Aberdeen to have this reaction to the incident is an indication of how obvious the errors were from Clancy.
Thankfully for Kent, only a one-game ban beckons, as he didn’t receive a straight red.
Yet, he shouldn’t be facing a suspension of any kind and if he had still been on the pitch for the final seven minutes plus injury time, Rangers’ chances of finding a winner would have been much improved.