Rangers absolutley have the right to be raging with controversial decision
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Should Rangers be frustrated with Ryan Porteous decision?

When Ryan Porteous flew through Lassana Coulibaly, referee Craig Thomson was arguably the only person in the stadium who didn’t see a red.

It was a horror challenge. Mega high and more akin to a hacking wrestling move than a defensive block.

Yet Thomson only brandished a yellow for the centre back. And now, the SFA have decided not to hand further punishment to Scotland U21 international Porteous.

But do Rangers have the right to feel aggrieved? In short, absolutely.

Porteous darted out close to 20 years to scythe Coulibaly down. It was cynical, brash and most of all, dangerous.

Ryan Porteous was lucky to remain on the field of play. (Photo by Alan Rennie/Action Plus via Getty Images)

Even Neil Lennon agrees and that’s saying something. “I don’t like that challenge. I wasn’t impressed with it at all”, said Hibs boss Neil Lennon.

“It’s a lunge and it’s not what we coach. On another day it could have been a red and then he would’ve had to face the wrath of his manager.”

Gerrard simply said: “”If that’s any of our players, I’m not sure they stay on the field.”

SFA had chance to challenge rough challenges

What kind of message does it send to Porteous or other young defenders? This might’ve crocked Coulibaly and it was a shocking tackle. You have to stamp out this kind of challenge and you do that by deterrents. It’s the latest in a long-line of terrible decisions concerning Rangers and the SFA this season.

The SFA’s handling of the Daniel Candeias situation also left a lot to be desired. (Photo by Alan Rennie/Action Plus via Getty Images)

That said, what difference does it make now? The match is over and upping this to a red won’t change the outcome.

But it might’ve changed Ryan Porteous’ perspective on the kinds of challenges he can make.

Dodgy decision making aside, do you think Rangers might ever consider a move for the centre back?

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