Rangers boss Steven Gerrard revealed that Nigeria midfielder Joe Aribo needed 20 stitches [Daily Record] after a nasty elbow to the face from Livingston defender Ricki Lamie.
Despite suggestions from Gary McAllister that the referee may well have got the call not to send Lamie off correct, Steven Gerrard appeared to suggest that it was dangerous play after the match.
Whatever the case, the Nigeria international ended up with a nasty gash to the head and many Rangers fans are not happy about it.
Gary Holt certain that Lyndon Dykes “got to the ball ahead of Filip Helander” but would “need to see the challenge on Joe Aribo again.” 🤔
— Seville Calculator (@SevilleCalculat) September 25, 2019
Not good news for Joe Aribo, who's been stretchered off after an elbow split him open in the Scottish League against Livingston. Might very well require stitches, that.
Ugly scenes. https://t.co/EKddvcTTSm
— Solace Chukwu (@TheOddSolace) September 25, 2019
Yet @BTSportSPFL replay a non penalty around 44 times desperate to see some contact and @chris_sutton73 is in tears because Ryan jack shows a bit of petulance. Aribo has no head left and it's "part of the game" on Scotland. Pathetic.
— . (@Beesh24240265) September 26, 2019
Never a red, it was a coming together but because it’s us there is a public enquiry. Aribo..20 stitches, that’s ok. Scottish football needs to get rid of this hatred towards us, the game will never move on unless they do.
— charlie (@chagard63) September 26, 2019
Rangers fans are clearly peeved off with the reaction of both the referee, the pundits and even those on their own side.
Ally McCoist came under fire for calling Aribo “naïve” whilst Gary McAllister, who probably hadn’t seen the foul back, suggested Don Robertson got the call right.
Lamie has a quick look at Aribo after jumping in dangerously against Morelos, before leading with his elbow.
If Aribo doesn’t outjump him, he’s guaranteed to get hurt. It’s a red card all day long and there’s not even an argument.
Should he have done the same to the Rangers side for the horrific elbow on Joe Aribo?