Anatomy of a red card. Why was Rangers’ Lundstram sent off?

Anatomy of a red card. Why was Rangers’ Lundstram sent off?
EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - AUGUST 20: John Lundstram of Rangers leaves the field after being shown a second yellow card during the Cinch Scottish Premiership match between Hibernian FC and Rangers FC at on August 20, 2022 in Edinburgh, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Rangers are to appeal John Lundstram’s red card at Easter Road, with few of a blue persuasion believing it was a justified sending off.

Ibrox Noise considered the challenge deeply reckless, bordering on dangerous, and while we’d have been happy with a yellow, had it been a player upon us we’d have demanded a red.

Which, of course, fans did sort of earlier that half when Jake Doyle-Hayes did the same on Lundstram and only got a yellow.

Fans were outraged that the Hibs lad got a yellow while our man got a red. For what they reckoned was the same tackle.

There’s similarities for sure, but there’s also key differences and that’s what we’ll look at now.

The big one is the circumstances.

Lundstram was simply in possession (moving away from Hibs’ goal) when he got halved, but Boyle was on a dangerous counter, caused by Ryan Kent’s shocking pass, when Lundstram cynically removed him from play.

Was it goalscoring? Of course not. Was it dangerous? Well, studs down the calves, which is what it amounted to, isn’t exactly applauded.

And that’s another difference. Doyle-Hayes swiped Lunny from behind – a mistimed and bad attempt to get the ball, but it wasn’t dangerous. It was a blatant and clear yellow. But Lunny’s was a crude and reckless tackle to take a man out specifically to stop him advancing.

Was it a straight red?

Had Doyle-Hayes’ tackle been the same on Ryan Kent in a counter, 100% we’d demand the red card.

Whether the ref would agree we’ll never know.

Rangers should 100% appeal, because that’s our right, and if we win, great, no complaints. But if we lose, similarly none from Ibrox Noise.

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  1. Agree, IN. I’m not sure if most referees would brandish a red straight away, but in my view it was a tackle made deliberately with no hope of obtaining the ball from a player darting towards goal. I just wish there was more consistency among referees.

  2. Let me say straight away that in my opinion that type of tackle should ALWAYS be a red card. But the fact is it is always given as a yellow. You know the script. The so called “professional” foul, take one for the team etc. It happens every week in just about any game of football that you watch.
    And I don’t agree with your assessment of the difference and can’t believe you’ve watched the same evidence as me. Boyle was exactly the same distance from our goal as Lundstram and Lundstram merely knocked his legs together from directly behind to bring him down. There were NO studs down the calf. The Doyle-Hayes tackle was much more physical and equally as cynical and came more from the side than Lundstram. He put his studs down Lundstrams right leg with the ball nowhere near him.
    And to add some context look at the 2 disgraceful tackles from Ross County players against Kilmarnock. Both given as yellow cards. Then you’ll see that Rangers are refereed to a different standard.

  3. How refreshing to hear an honest not biased appraisal.I’m no rangers man but I agree with every must attempt to play the ball or you give ref decision to make.seems to me wee Willie only one with the balls to do it.tackles from Ross county were in leg break category and deemed yellow cannot be right

    • The issue is Michael that Collum only had the balls to do it to the Rangers player. He showed no such courage of his convictions when Doyle-Hayes made a similar but worse tackle in the first half.

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