Jim Duffy delivers verdict on red card decision in Rangers v Celtic clash
Jim Duffy believes Willie Collum was right to send off Jozo Simunovic in Sunday’s Rangers v Celtic clash at Ibrox – and thinks the defender’s reaction to the decision was the most “telling aspect.”
Simunovic was sent off ten minutes into the second-half after flattening Alfredo Morelos with an elbow to give the Gers an advantage.
Brendan Rodgers’ side managed to grab a third goal despite being a man down and picked up a win which effectively seals their seventh successive Scottish Premiership title.
Duffy says that despite there not being much contact, Collum was right to dismiss the Hoops star.
“The big second-half talking point was Jozo Simunovic’s red card,” Duffy said, as quoted by the Scottish Sun.
“I thought Willie Collum handled the game really well and got the decision right.
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“Simunovic had a glance at Morelos and, although there wasn’t huge contact between his elbow and the Colombian’s face, there doesn’t have to be. For me, it warranted a red.
“I think the most telling aspect of it was that the Celtic defender didn’t question the decision.”
The result leaves Celtic nine points clear at the top of the table with a game in hand as they look to win an unprecedented back-to-back treble.
Rangers will be hoping they can put an end to their rival’s dreams when the sides meet again in the Scottish Cup semi-final at Hampden next month.
Football Insider verdict:
Collum got the decision spot on and was left with no option but to send the Hoops defender off. Simunovic barely protested the decision and even his manager acknowledged after the game it was the right decision. Despite the Gers having a numerical advantage, the red card arguably made everything much harder for them as Brendan Rodgers’ side shut up shop and frustrated the Light Blues. The Gers will be desperate to get a measure of revenge when the sides meet again at Hampden and put an end to Celtic’s back-to-back treble ambitions.