Chris Sutton mocks anti-Rangers petition, gives verdict on Ryan Jack red card
By Danny Wright
Former Celtic striker Chris Sutton believes that Ryan Jack should not have been sent off in Rangers’ 3-2 loss to Hibernian on Saturday, but has mocked a petition that was made by fans about refereeing standards.
By Monday, over 6,000 people had signed a petition that is setting out to “end the anti-Rangers views amongst referees in Scotland” after John Beaton gave Jack his marching orders at Ibrox at the weekend as well as dishing out a further six yellow cards to his Gers team-mates.
Sutton, 44, is no stranger to airing his views on Rangers, and although he agrees that Jack’s red card was not justified, he has hit out at the supporters who have put together the action to end the referees’ alleged bias.
“Ryan Jack red card was an awful decision. But this petition for anti-Rangers refereeing? There’ll be one for Neil Lennon cheering a goal next,” said the former England international on his personal Twitter account on Monday morning.
Ryan Jack red card was an awful decision????But this petition for anti-Rangers refereeing?They'll be one for Neil Lennon cheering a goal next..
— Chris Sutton (@chris_sutton73) August 14, 2017
Hibernian manager Lennon infuriated Pedro Caixinha for with his apparent goading of the Ibrox crowd on Saturday after his side equalised through Simon Murray’s 21st minute goal.
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According to the Daily Record, the former Celtic midfielder and manager is now facing an SFA charge for his touchline antics and that Police Scotland have opened an investigation into the conduct of the Parkhead icon.
Rangers got off to a good start against Hibs on Saturday thanks to a goal from Alfredo Morelos, but by the time Murray had equalised and Jack was sent off, it was all downhill for the Gers as a James Tavernier own goal and Vykintas Slivka extended the visitors’ advantage.
In other Rangers news, fans have reacted to Michael O’Halloran’s goal scoring display for St. Johnstone on Saturday.