Dundee manager Neil McCann believes Rangers defender Bruno Alves “could easily” have been sent off after his challenge on Dee’s striker Craig Wighton just seconds after coming off the bench to replace Ross McCrorie but McCann is being ridiculous if he thinks it was worthy of a red card.
The Portuguese defender was a second-half sub for the Gers in the 4-0 win over McCann’s side at Ibrox on Saturday but the former Rangers winger was furious with the 95-times capped Portugal international’s challenge on the striker.
Alves was only booked by referee Greg Aitken but McCann thinks he could have been dismissed for the “shocking challenge” midway though the second-half.
“I have to say that was a disgusting challenge from Alves – a joke,” McCann said, as quoted by the Daily Record.
“I’ve got a boy who’s just returning from a cruciate ligament and that’s a scissor action.
“It is almost thigh-high. It’s a yellow card but could easily have been red. It’s a shocking challenge.”
Alves’ challenge on Wighton was definitely a bit lazy, and probably a bit cynical, but McCann’s over-reaction is a completely unnecessary when the Dundee boss clearly has bigger problems to deal with.
After his recent ban for a physical confrontation with a St. Johnstone player, McCann is looking a bit like the pressure of trying to keep Dundee in the Scottish Premiership is getting to him.
The decision to book Alves was the right one – unlike the later decision to book Alfredo Morelos for diving – and McCann’s bleating after being on the wrong end of a resounding defeat just comes off as being a bit bitter.
Goals from Kenny Miller, Jamie Murphy, Alfredo Morelos and Daniel Candeias secured a comfortable win for the Light Blues to take them back into second-place in the Scottish Premiership table on goal difference.
Next up for the Gers is an Old Firm Scottish Cup semi-final with Celtic at Hampden and Murty’s side will be delighted to have had the best possible preparation with the win over Dundee – even if McCann wants to rant and rave about the referee making the right call.
In other Rangers news, Celtic are in the running to sign this former Light Blues player in a shock summer transfer.