BBC Scotland pundit Michael Stewart has hammered Celtic midfielder Scott Allan for a “horrific” challenge on Rangers’ Jordan Rossiter in Sunday’s enthralling 5-5 draw at Easter Road.
Allan, who is on loan at Hibernian, was inexplicably only booked for the challenge on the Gers ace – and Stewart slammed referee Andrew Dallas’ decision not to send the Hibs midfielder off as “beyond belief.”
Stewart claimed the challenge is one of the worst “all season” and thinks that it get’s worse with every viewing – as Rossiter managed to avoid being injured by Allan as he made his first appearance since August.
“That’s probably one of the worst tackles you’ll see all season,” Stewart said, as quoted by BBC Scotland,
“That is horrific. It’s horrific.
“Every time you watch that, it gets worse. Andrew Dallas is standing five yards away – how he cannot recognise that that is a red card is beyond belief.”
Football Insider verdict
It was an absolutely disgusting challenge and, thanks to referee Andrew Dallas booking Allan, the Scottish FA now can’t take any further action. What they should however do is punish Dallas for getting that – and several other – call wrong during the 5-5 draw at Easter Road. Dallas is stood only a few yards away so saw the tackle perfectly so it truly defies belief how he coud possibly only have seen that as a yellow card. There’s rarely a week goes by without Dallas coming in for some sort of criticism and if he wasn’t the son of an actual good referee he would have been binned by the Scottish FA a long time ago. Nobody is expecting referees to get every single decision right, in real-time, on one look but they would hopefully be able to spot a really dangerous challenge from less than ten feet away with no obstructions.