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Sport Callum McGregor Celtic red card analysed by ex-ref as former Gerrard team-mate questions first yellow card decision

16:55  03 may  2021
16:55  03 may  2021 Source:   scotsman.com

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Former Liverpool and England full-back Stephen Warnock believes Callum McGregor’s challenge on Ryan Kent wasn’t yellow card worthy.

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The Celtic midfielder was sent off in the first half of his side’s 4-1 loss to champions Rangers at Ibrox on Sunday.

His first booking was for a late tackle on Kent who had nutmegged him.

Warnock believes referee Nick Walsh could have taken the pace of the Rangers star into consideration.

"Not every foul is a yellow card,” he said on Sky Sports.

"It's a lovely piece of skill by Ryan Kent and sometimes the referee has to take that into consideration as well. He's done it well, and he's just caught him.

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"I'm not so sure that's a yellow card, I'm really not. I think it's just the speed with which he moves into it.

"There's worst tackles that go on on football pitches than that to get a yellow card."

Former referee Dermot Gallagher had some sympathy for Celtic boss John Kennedy who thought the first yellow card was unfair.

"I think he thought it was just a foul,” he said. "Callum goes into this foul and he takes him with his back foot.

"In fairness to John I wonder if he's seen that from his vantage point. When you see it close-up it wasn't the tackle he made, it was the trailing foot that caught the player and the referee felt that was a yellow card.”

Gallagher compared the red card decision to one involving Newcastle United winger Allan Saint-Maximin and West Ham United defender Craig Dawson.

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He said: "The referee has got to decide, has he broken up a promising attack? Well, obviously not, because they've not only carried on, but they've scored a goal.

"He then has to decide was it a reckless tackle? This goes back to a few weeks ago, Newcastle v West Ham, when Craig Dawson did a similar thing on the halfway line. He went into a tackle, Saint-Maximin got away, they ended up scoring a goal.

"Rangers have scored a goal so [the referee's] choice is, is it a reckless tackle? He's said yes, and it was a second yellow card, so unfortunately for Callum McGregor he had to be sent off.”

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