Pundit claims Rangers were robbed on shameful night as Kamara dismissed
Noel Whelan has claimed Rangers were prevented from getting a result against Sparta Prague by a “soft and harsh” decision.
The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted referee Ali Palabiyik’s decision to dismiss Glen Kamara was ‘the game-changer’ during the loss.
Kamara saw red in the 73rd minute of Europa League Group A proceedings against Sparta Prague, with Rangers eventually falling to a 1-0 defeat.
The 25-year-old received a second yellow card after being adjudged to have elbowed Michal Sacek.
The Finland international will now serve a one-match ban for the first of back-to-back crunch clashes against fellow strugglers Brondby.
It came on a night when it was overshadowed by the greater controversy of the jeering of Kamara in Prague by the all-child crowd.
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Rangers struggled for opportunities during a frustrating match. They recorded an expected goals total of just 0.3 – whilst their opponents notched 1.8 (FBref).
However, Whelan suggested any potential Gers resurgence was put to bed by the referee’s “soft and harsh” decision.
“No, it’s not a red card and I think it will have been a frustrating night all around for Rangers fans Steven Gerrard and the Rangers players,” he told Football Insider‘s Russell Edge.
“Very soft and harsh decision, I think it was probably the game-changer.
“They could’ve got back into the game and got something out of it with 11 men, but the referee just took away that ability.
“When you’re down to 10 men playing against 11 it’s very hard – especially away from home in Europe.
“It’s a tough pill to swallow for Gerrard and Kamara.”
Europa League group runners-up will now have to earn their place in the knockout stage. by beating a club who crash out of the Champions League, following a UEFA rule change.
Rangers sit bottom of Group A, trailing second-place Sparta Prague by four points.
In other news, pundit identifies Gers weak link ahead of Hibernian clash.