Rangers Old Firm row leaves outspoken BBC pundit in 'no doubt' over red card
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Outspoken Rangers critic 'in no doubt' over Old Firm red card decision

BBC pundit Michael Stewart will have left many Rangers fans surprised with his analysis of Saturday’s Old Firm clash at Ibrox – admitted there was “no doubt” over Nir Bitton’s red card for a foul on Alfredo Morelos.

Celtic boss Neil Lennon claimed the Israeli international should only have been booked for his rugby tackle on Morelos as Kris Ajer was there to cover but Stewart insisted Bobby Madden got it right by sending him off.

Bitton already knows what’s coming (Photo by Alan Harvey/SNS Group via Getty Images)

In a very un-Stewart-like appraisal of the game, Stewart criticised the decision to play Bitton in defence, with his red card ultimately being what turned the game on its head and in Rangers’ favour.


“There’s no doubt it’s a red card,” Stewart said [BBC]

“It strikes at the bigger issue – what’s happened on the park at Ibrox is a manifestation of the poor decisions that have been made at all levels of the club.

“They are playing Bitton, who is not defensive minded, at centre-half when they have a loan player in Shane Duffy, who they are paying a lot of money, sitting on the bench. That’s not to say Duffy should be playing, but these are the structural problems at Celtic.”

The result leaves Rangers 19 points ahead of their bitter rivals at the top of the Premiership – and that could be extended to 22 at the weekend, albeit only until Celtic face Hibs on Monday night.

The controversy over the red card has only been used as a smokescreen to deflect from what looks almost certain to be the end of Celtic’s aims at retaining the title.

Even Michael Stewart thinks it was a red card (Photo by Alan Harvey/SNS Group via Getty Images)

With Rangers looking resurgent and very much in control of the title race, expect the complaints to increase massively over the coming months.

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