Former Celtic star Kris Commons has blasted Ryan Jack for his “disgusting” challenge that saw the Rangers midfielder pick up his fourth red card of the season on Sunday.
Jack was sent off after an hour of the Gers’ 2-1 win over Aberdeen at Pittodrie after following through on a 50/50 challenge with Dons striker Stevie May.
Jack had been the best player on the pitch until his dismissal as he dominated the game on his return to his old stomping ground after 13 years as an Aberdeen player.
The decision to send Jack off has split fans and pundits with some putting the blame on May backing out of the challenge at the last moment.
While the tackle itself wasn’t dangerous, Jack’s momentum carried his foot through and into May’s ankle in a sickening collision.
Sky Sports pundit Commons insists May was lucky to avoid serious injury in the challenge – although the Aberdeen striker was substituted shortly afterwards after struggling to shake off the effects of the tackle.
“It’s a disgusting challenge,” Commons told Sky Sports Football’s live post-match coverage on Sunday afternoon.
“I’ll tell you what, Stevie May’s lucky he’s not going off on a stretcher.
“It could’ve wrecked his whole career, could’ve snapped his leg in two, it was a disgusting challenge.”
Jack had already been sent off against Hibs, Hamilton and Kilmarnock this season altough the red cards issued against Hibs and Killie were later rescinded by the Scottish FA.
Rangers are likely to appeal the decision – if only to possibly clear Jack to play against Ross County this weekend – with Graeme Dorrans and Jordan Rossiter both still out injured, leaving the Gers short of potential replacements if Jack is suspended.