'Surprised' - BBC pundit airs confusion over Rangers midfielder decision
By Harvey Byrne
BBC Sport Scotland pundit and former striker Steven Thompson has aired his surprise and confusion over the decision to overturn midfielder Ryan Jack’s red card.
The 25-year-old central midfielder was sent off by referee John Beaton in last weekend’s 3-2 defeat against Hibernian after having a flare-up with Dylan McGeouch and Anthony Stokes where he was judged to move his head aggressively toward them.
However, on Thursday it was announced that the Scottish FA panel had decided to rescind the sending off for Jack, allowing him to face Hearts at Ibrox on Saturday.
Now, Thompson believes that the red card was rightfully awarded to Jack and that he shouldn’t have had it rescinded, stating he was “surprised” when he heard the decision.
“Surprised that Ryan Jack got off with it to be honest,” started Thompson speaking on BBC Sport Scotland’s Facebook page regarding the midfielder’s sending off.
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“Looking at the footage there definitely looked like there was a headbutt, not a massive headbutt, but you can’t motion your head towards a player, so I’m surprised that he got away with it.
“I think the whole thing is shrouded in mystery when it goes to the panel, who’s on the panel, how did they come to the decision? I think they should probably give us more information on how their decisions are made.”
Jack completed a free transfer to Rangers in the summer from Premiership runners-up Aberdeen and has been a mainstay in Pedro Caixinha’s side, starting in all four of their League and Europa League clashes since his move.
Gers fans will certainly be delighted to see him back in their line-up again on Saturday as they aim to bounce straight back from last weekend’s defeat with the three points against Hearts.
In other Rangers news, this 26-year-old forward was also made available for the Gers’ clash against Hearts.