Tonight is about one thing – progression for Rangers through to the Group Stage of this year’s Europa League competition.
66' RED: Jon Flanagan is sent off as he picks up a second booking. Flanagan jumps high to win a header and is judged to have fouled Zhivoglyadov. 1-1 (Agg 1-2)
— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) August 30, 2018
That doesn’t mean there are not numerous talking points from the 90 minutes that played itself out and whilst there’s oodles of praise to go around, there’s also some criticism given we saw two red cards shown for double yellow card offences.
I fail to see how anyone can defend Alfredo Morelos who set the tone on the day as he literally saw red and gained bookings seconds apart to leave us down to ten men, but being reduced to nine men as Jon Flanagan received a second yellow card – well, fans were more forgiving when it came to him.
Given his arrival at the club this summer split fans owing to his history, the fact I’d say only a small proportion rounded on him on social media in terms of what I’ve scanned through, probably shows how bad a decision the second card was given he challenged for a 50/50 and was deemed to foul the opposition player.
Wasn't a foul at all nothing to do Gerrard or even Flanagan hahaha ref is a bender
— Kieran (@kieranmcl96) August 30, 2018
Never a second yellow shocking refereeing
— Scott ???????????? (@ScottWATP_) August 30, 2018
Refs been shocking especially at this level
— david maitland (@gerschamps) August 30, 2018
Absolute joke. Vlad has the refs kids in a cellar
— Jacko (@PoshPointy) August 30, 2018
2 minutes after the officials missed a clear corner for Rangers, they go onto make another ‘honest mistake’ – time for these Rangers players to dig deep and bring home a HUGE result.
— Douglas Kinnear (@Dougiek85) August 30, 2018
Some Russian Oil money going to these Refs? ????????????
— Scottie (@ScottyDisnyKnow) August 30, 2018
Why?? There was nothing in that.
— Allan Thomson (@allan_822) August 30, 2018
You have got to be joking
— Revan ???????????????????????????? (@Revanite72) August 30, 2018
This has just become the battle of Neftyanik
— ClanMcsolo (@1esper1) August 30, 2018
Down to each fan when they see it too judge for themselves, I guess.