‘Dangerous’ – Andy Walker slams ‘Reckless’ Rangers star for incident v Ayr United

‘Dangerous’ – Andy Walker slams ‘Reckless’ Rangers star for incident v Ayr United

According to Andy Walker, Rangers defender Connor Goldson was fortunate to escape punishment for a “dangerous” tackle

during the Light Blues’ Scottish Cup match against Ayr United.

'Dangerous' - Andy Walker slams 'Reckless' Rangers star for incident v Ayr United
‘Dangerous’ – Andy Walker slams ‘Reckless’ Rangers star for incident v Ayr United

Borna Barisic and Fabio Silva goals secured Philippe Clement’s team a 2-0 victory over Scott Brown’s team on Saturday, February 10,

securing their spot in the fifth round. Brown, however, felt that the home team ought to have been reduced to ten men.

While Sky Sports pundit Walker didn’t think Silva should have been shown a second yellow, he was “surprised” that

Goldson wasn’t given his marching orders for a “reckless” challenge that went unpunished by Willie Collum and VAR.

“The Goldson one could have easily been a red when you’re lunging in the way that he did and you go above the foot or the ankle,” he

remarked in an interview with The Go Radio Football Show on February 12, at 46:40.

“I believe that was more than irresponsible, and reckless would have been a yellow.

I perceived it as dangerous, and since danger is a red, I saw it as such.

The problem is that VAR exists to examine and draw attention to that, and I doubt that any player would take offense if

that kind of challenge were eliminated from the game.

“The referee can miss it in real time due to the fast-paced nature of the game, but this is one of the reasons

that VAR wasn’t brought in and I’m surprised they didn’t look at that.”

Rangers lucky ‘dangerous’ Connor Goldson avoided red

Whether or not you think Goldson’s slightly risky challenge deserved a red card is open to debate, but is safe to say that is

a type of challenge that all football supporters have seen punished before.

A booking would have probably been the fair call, but the fact that the Ayr forward continued his run ensured that the

referee didn’t pull play back to punish Goldson as it didn’t have a huge impact on proceedings.

Under Clement, Goldson has been a regular and has consistently played at the center of defense, regardless of his partner.

Rangers would have suffered a great deal if Goldson had been suspended for an extended period of time.

They may have been fortunate enough to get a call on Saturday, but they are certainly due for some good fortune given

some of the other judgments Collum has made that have gone against them this season.

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