Premiership rival talking mince as Rangers ref nonsense rears its head
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Premiership rival talking mince as Rangers ref nonsense rears its head

Steven Hammell provided plenty of fuel for the Rangers refereeing conspiracists over the weekend as the Motherwell manager claimed Leon King should’ve seen red.

The Ibrox teenager was shown a yellow card by referee David Dickson in the latter stages of the eventual 2-1 Gers victory after King cynically fouled Well goalscorer Stuart McKinstry.

Miles from the net and with the touch taking the Well attacker miles wide of the Rangers goal, it’s as clear a yellow card as you’ll see but for the beaten Steelmen they were demanding red.

Even after the game their manager Steven Hammell was out bemoaning the referee and just like Leon King when he hacked down McKinstry, we’re sure he knew exactly what he was doing.

There’s nothing like throwing a log on the Rangers refereeing conspiracy fire to cover up for your own team’s shortcomings and despite Leon King’s yellow card being clear as day, now there’s plenty of supporters from rival teams crying corruption.

And just in case the notion Leon King should’ve seen red for a last man tackle on McKinstry, the Motherwell manager insists that the tackle was high enough to command a sending off regardless.

“I think it’s a red card,” said Hammell.

“Not for where it is on the pitch and where Stuart’s going to – that’s up for debate – but for the actual tackle in isolation.

”It’s poor, he catches him high and there’s a lot of force in it.

“I think Stuart’s lucky not to come away with an injury on the back of it.

“It’s not something we are going to be overly concerned about – but in my opinion, it’s a poor tackle.”

Steven Hammell sour grapes after Rangers beat Motherwell

This all sounds awfully familiar to that John Lundstram tackle against Hibs, and we all know exactly what happened there.

The English midfielder was unfairly shown a red card by Willie Collum and after Alfredo Morelos was sent off the 9 men of Rangers conceded in the final minute to drop two points.

Now, we’re certainly not experts on this, but if there is a conspiracy to undercut Celtic and guide Rangers to glory, the evidence from this season in particular doesn’t exactly stack up.

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Rangers defeated Motherwell 2-1 at Fir Park courtesy of goals from Malik Tillman and John Lundstram, which keep the Gers within two points of Celtic at the top of the Scottish Premiership.

Meanwhile, one ex-Rangers star was involved in an on-pitch brawl with his new club in a six-goal thriller than saw four men sent off.