Rangers v Celtic: Sir Kenny Dalglish reflects on the decision by Bobby Madden to send Nir Bitton off


For his efforts during yesterday’s Old Firm derby at Ibrox, Sir Kenny Dalglish praised referee Bobby Madden.

When he sent off Celtic defender Nir Bitton for bringing down Alfredo Morelos, the referee made an important decision, which he viewed as thwarting a goal scoring chance.

Dalglish claims the referee’s whistle was right and the overall result inspired him.

He told the Sunday Post, “Bobby Madden dominated a lot of Nir Bitton’s post-match talk and debate about his red card.”

Ok, I think the referee, in his judgment, was completely right.

My perspective on this is based on three factors:

1 – Where a foul has taken place.

2 – The way Alfredo Morelos was fouled, namely by throwing his arms around the Colombian. No effort was made to play the ball.

3 – With one touch, Morelos would have been in the penalty area and could have taken a shot on target.

Yeah, you might say that Kris Ajer needed to cover the ground and get over it. In his post-match interviews, that’s the argument Neil Lennon made.

But there was not enough evidence yet to conclude that the referee got it wrong.

But enough was there to make it hard for Madden not to send the Celtic defender off.

“I’m not suggesting that Morelos scored a goal. But the argument isn’t that. The truth is that he was denied the ability to score.

“Overall, I think the referee managed the game very well.”


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