Rangers fans and the James Sands ‘red’

Rangers fans and the James Sands ‘red’
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - AUGUST 27: James Sands of Rangers receives a yellow during the Cinch Scottish Premiership match between Rangers FC and Ross County FC at on August 27, 2022 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

A host of Rangers fans howled in derision at Willie Collum for sending off John Lundstram (later rescinded) and some were even unhappy with the Morelos red too.

We heard an awful lot less about Don Robertson’s ludicrous decision not to send off James Sands and merely book.

We like to be fair on Ibrox Noise, and avoid being prejudiced by bias. It is inevitable it will still happen now and then, we are Rangers fans and want the best for our club, of course, but generally, we like to be fair.

And it’s clear Robertson was no more guilty of pro-Rangers bias (he’s made some ghastly calls against our club before) than Collum was of anti-Rangers bias.

At the end of the day, both just made some errors – Robertson’s was absolutely comical, and not a Rangers fan agreed with it, albeit we all happily took it. Collum was a marginal error, one made in the PL the following day but which had VAR to correct it (in the City match).

But they were both exactly that. Errors.

Our referees are poor. They are also not fully professional.

This is why VAR is so critically needed. Lundstram would have stayed on the pitch. Morelos would still have gone. And Sands would probably have had an early bath.

But the point we’re making is some go for you, some go against you, and generally they even themselves out over the course of a season.

Of course Rangers fans aren’t going to go on and on about Sands’ foul, because it benefited us. Just like it’s understandable they go on about Collum’s red on Lundstram, because it cost us.

But what we really need is VAR and professional refs.

Even then, they will still make errors. The best refs in the world will make errors.

Because even with VAR, it still boils down to a judgement call.

And no one is going to get them right every time, are they?

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  1. Sands should av gone,but one of their players should av gone in the secondhalf too,and what about the block handball penalty not given
    On a postive note i loved them long runs Goldson was making i hope he keeps this up,but someone needs to cover him when he goes for it at the back

  2. I’m not convinced that VAR will be any good, especially the standards of our referees, totally inept, biast, corrupt to the core

  3. Gotta laugh at mackay ,saying it could have made a difference if sent off ,ffs 32 chances was a PUMPING .We dont half have some jokers up here …hahaha .

  4. Sending Lundstram off wasn’t a marginal error. Everyone and their granny, every commentator, every pundit, every former referee said it wasn’t a red card offence. Jeez even Andy Wanker said it wasn’t a red. Collum even had the benefit of a similar tackle earlier in the match in which to compare it against and STILL made the wrong decision. And not for the first time.

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