Willie Collum certainly made some interesting decisions today, but one of his worst has gone relatively unnoticed.
Collum was quick to flash the red card out to Jeremie Frimpong in today’s Betfred Cup final clash between Celtic and Rangers. The Dutchman was given his marching orders for hauling down Alfredo Morelos in the box.
However, the Rangers striker would go on to miss the penalty. And it was what happened after it that really should have alarm bells going inside Parkhead.
As the ball broke to Ryan Christie, the phase of play ended with him being fouled by Arfield. Using the term “foul” however, is highly generous. It was an absolutely shocking challenge from the Canadian international. Have a look at it for yourself below:
Jeremie Frimpong sees red!
Fraser Forster SAVES the penalty 😱
It's all kicking off 💀 pic.twitter.com/v0T5IEIeHc
— Fitba on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) December 8, 2019
Rangers got their fair share of decisions today
It’s dangerous, it’s naughty, and it’s typical of the luck they managed to get from Collum today.
Make no mistake, they deserved their penalty. It was silly from Frimpong. You can perhaps debate the red card, but even then you can see why it was given.
What those of a Rangers persuasion will probably like you to forget are the decisions they actually got. Nevermind the fact that they seemed to get a free-kick every time they went to ground, they could also easily have had two red cards.
This one from Arfield is a no-brainer. It’s a potential leg-breaker given the velocity of the challenge and the aggression put into it. Kristoffer Ajer’s response shows you just how bad it was.
Away from the Arfield challenge, how Morelos stayed on the park is anyone’s guess. He was allowed to rake Christopher Jullien’s achilles after being booked (BT Sport Twitter). That’s not counting the niggly fouls on the likes of Scott Brown, Ryan Christie, and Callum McGregor respectively.
Don’t let Rangers supporters tell you we got the decisions today. Don’t let them tell you we were lucky because our goal was marginally offside. On another day, with a stronger referee, it would’ve been them playing with a man short instead of us.
Thankfully, justice was done in the end and the Betfred Cup came back to Paradise.