BT Sport pundits Derek McInnes and Ally McCoist were left fuming by a ‘shocking’ decision from the referee as Rangers lost 1-0 at Sparta Prague in the Europa League.

The Gers came into the game searching for a positive result after losing their opening fixture against Lyon, but Steven Gerrard’s injury-hit side failed to perform.


Steven Gerrard’s Rangers have been poor in Europe this season. (Photo by ANDREAS HILLERGREN/TT News Agency/AFP via Getty Images)

David Hancko put the hosts in front with a glancing header from a corner in the 29th minute and with the Gers already struggling to create chances, their hopes were effectively ended when Glen Kamara was sent off in the 73rd minute.

The Finland international, who was disgracefully booed throughout the match, received a second yellow card after his arm brushed an opponent’s face while he was challenging for a header.

He was stunned to see referee Ali Palabiyik reach for his pocket and after the game, the BT Sport pundits slammed the decision.

Both McInnes and McCoist accepted the first yellow but neither thought the second incident came close to meriting a booking.

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“Never in a month of Sundays is this a yellow card,” said McInnes while rewatching the footage [BT Sport 3 19:40]. “The Prague player makes the most of it and rolls about and I think the referee’s got to be better than that.

“I feel sorry for Kamara, it’s been a tough night for him and a tough situation, but in no way is that a red card.”

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Pundits have slammed the ‘shocking’ decision to send off Rangers midfielder Kamara vs Sparta Prague. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

McCoist then backed up the former Rangers midfielder’s comments, saying: “It was a poor decision. The first one was a yellow card all day but he’s just going for the ball. It’s a shocking decision, to be honest with you. It’s never a red card.”

With Rangers slipping to a second consecutive defeat they are rooted to the bottom of Group A and will now have to do without Kamara for the visit of Brondby after the upcoming international break.

In other news, the Capo of a high-profile Rangers fan group has announced that he is stepping down.

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