Rangers

Rangers youth coach Kevin Thomson has joked he would be sent off every week by referee Craig Thompson after his controversial decision to dismiss Motherwell’s Cedric Kipre for a clash with Celtic captain Scott Brown.

Kipre was dismissed for kicking out at the Hoops captain just before the break of the 0-0 draw between the sides at Fir Park on Sunday.

The decision was a particularly soft one with few agreeing with the referee that it warranted a red card and former midfield enforcer Thomson joked he would have been a regular victim had he not retired and was “glad” to be coaching.

“Craig Thompson would have me off every week!!! Glad I’m a coach now!” Thomson said on his personal Twitter account.

The 33-year-old is now part of the coaching staff at the club’s Auchenhowie training ground with fellow former Gers like Andy Little, Gregory Vignal and Stephen Wright.

Thomson spent three-and-a-half years as a player at Ibrox and won two Scottish titles, two Scottish League Cups and a Scottish Cup as well as appearing in a European final for the Light Blues.

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Football Insider verdict:

The Gers coach is right; he’d be off every week if he was still playing – and not because he was a particularly dirty player. Thomson wasn’t shy of a tackle or two but referees are so desperate to send players off nowadays he would never last 90 minutes. Craig Thompson has already had two red cards against Motherwell players overturned this season and there will likely be a third in the next week or two. 

In other Rangers news, fans have demanded that the club signs this Old Firm scourge in the summer, claiming he is better than Celtic’s Olivier Ntcham.

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