By Matt Farr
Joe Garner was at the heart of a controversial incident during Rangers’ 3-0 win over rivals Aberdeen in the Scottish Premiership on Sunday.
The 28-year-old played 70 minutes for the away side in their victory at Pittodrie, but was embroiled in controversy just minutes into the game, as he clashed with Aberdeen’s Ryan Jack.
Garner had squared off against Jack after a late challenge from the Aberdeen midfielder, but was lambasted with criticism after crashing to the ground despite minimal contact from his opponent.
Referee Kevin Clancy gave the pair a stern talking to, but opted against any serious punishment, instead issuing a yellow card to each player.
But former Premier League referee Dermot Gallagher has feels the decision by Clancy to keep the red card on his pocket was the right one.
Speaking live on Sky Sports News on Monday morning, Gallagher believed that the incident was not a malicious one, although he criticised the role of Garner in the incident.
He said: “I think he [Clancy] has done really well. It’s only two minutes in, they are aggressive towards each other. They’re not malicious, nobody is throwing a punch.
“I did think the Rangers player does not cover himself in glory with what happens.
“But what I can say is the referee kept his head, he didn’t get involved, he didn’t get embroiled in it, and both players got a yellow card, which I thought was fair.”
Despite having yet to receive a red card this season Garner has developed somewhat of a notorious aggressive streak at Ibrox.
He has picked up more yellow cards (nine) than he has goals (eight) from his 28 appearances for the club in all competitions.
He missed the crucial Old Firm derby clash with Celtic last month through suspension, having picked up too many yellow cards.
In other Rangers news, Pedro Caixinha has issued a firm message to his squad following the win over Aberdeen.