Charlie Richmond delivers verdict on Jack dismissal in Rangers win v Aberdeen
Former referee Charlie Richmond has claimed “you’ve got to go in hard” as he defended Rangers midfielder following his fourth red card of the season on Sunday.
Jack was dismissed after following through in a challenge with Aberdeen’s Stevie May during the second-half of the Ger’s 2-1 Pittodrie win at the weekend.
The former Aberdeen captain was making his first appearance at Pittodrie for his new club since leaving the Dons at the end of May.
Jack spent 13 years with the Reds – making 250 appearances for the club – and Richmond believes the 25-year-old has got caught up a little in the whole atmosphere surrounding the game.
“He’s playing against his previous club,” Richmond said, as quoted by the Daily Record.
“He’s moved to Rangers, it’s a difficult fixture.
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“Sometimes you get caught up, but what makes good players and great players is when to pull out of the tackle.
“You’ve got to go in hard and go in fair.
“He could have changed his mindset in how he carried on after the initial contact.”
Jack’s every touch was booed by the home supporters before he received his marching orders in the second-half.
The Rangers midfielder had been the best player on the pitch up until that point and now faces a three-match ban.
Jack had already been sent-off against Hamilton, Hibs and Kilmarnock this season before his dismissal at Pittodrie on Sunday however two of those were later rescinded by the Scottish FA.
Rangers will likely appeal Jack’s red card, if even only to clear him to play in Saturday’s clash with Ross County with Graham Dorrans and Jordan Rossiter missing through injury.