Scottish football journalist Robert Borthwick has criticised coverage surrounding Rangers midfielder Ryan Jack and a challenge on Dundee United star Dylan Levitt.
Rangers’ 1-1 draw with Dundee United was dominated by some appalling refereeing with whistler Bobby Madden missing two penalty shouts for Rangers and two major red card decisions.
The first of these concerned a studs-up challenge by Charlie Mulgrew on Rangers midfielder Scott Arfield, whilst the second was after Ross Graham tugged back Fashion Sakala in the box.
Both decisions were missed/ignored whilst Rangers also missed out on a penalty for the Graham incident, after Madden had already failed to blow up for a clear handball in the first half.
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Conveniently, coverage in the Scottish Sun in the immediate aftermath of the game decided to focus on the injury time Ryan Jack incident with Dylan Levitt, using still images to emphasise the suggestion the Scotland international could be retrospectively banned.
However, these images do not paint a fair picture of the incident, with Ryan Jack clearly pulling out of the challenge and there being minimal contact between both players.
That’s despite Celtic-minded journalists calling for action and the entire thing being blown up to deflect from what was a shoddy and unacceptable refereeing performance at Tannadice.
Robert Borthwick – who works with BBC Scotland’s A View from the Terrace as well as HeartsTV – called out the coverage and claims “there’s nothing in that Ryan Jack challenge”.
Naturally, this has led to Borthwick being abused by rival supporters and the entire thing highlights the partisan coverage that dominates Scottish football.
The bottom line is that Rangers weren’t given the big calls at Tannadice and Bobby Madden and his refereeing team must shoulder the responsibility for getting this wrong.
Rangers continue to call for VAR – which would’ve surely rectified the decisions – but Scottish football continues to lag behind when it comes to assisting referees.
Meanwhile, a former Rangers star has been calling out a Celtic mouthpiece for a “lack of class” after comments made over the weekend.