Yellow card shocker as Rangers get to the final

Yellow card shocker as Rangers get to the final
Rangers' Croatian defender Borna Barisic (R) is booked by Portuguese referee Artur Dias (C) during the UEFA Europa League Semi-final, second leg football match between Rangers and RB Leipzig at the Ibrox Stadium, in Glasgow, on May 5, 2022. (Photo by ANDY BUCHANAN / AFP) (Photo by ANDY BUCHANAN/AFP via Getty Images)

One of the most remarkable stats last night was not the final result, it wasn’t even goals scored or possession. It wasn’t even the sheer grit and determination, so hard to measure in numbers.

It was the fact that Rangers got 3 bookings in defence, all three key defenders, and all three bookings were early.

So many fans would have been forgiven for expecting us to lose a man for that, to see at least one or more of them go for an early bath.

But none of Goldson, Bassey or Barisic saw yellow a second time, even if most of them came perilously close, but instead a deeply disciplined performance from all three kept Rangers with eleven men on the park and all three continued to produce levels of performance worthy of the match.

It was the fact none of them let the booking hamstring their performances and they kept at it, working to the script and giving everything.

We can’t recall the last time we had that many bookings in that area in Europe, in fact we’re pretty sure that’s never happened.

It was supposed to make us incredibly vulnerable, very frail in a dangerous area.

But it didn’t curtail anything, and the defence did an exceptional job of keeping it together.

What a night!

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  1. I was convinced the referee was out to get one of our players a red card. Some of the inconsistencies in his cards were ridiculous. Why do we never get a “homer” referee?

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