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‘REF WRONG WITH RED CARD CALL,’ WELL BOSS

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MOTHERWELL boss Mark McGhee thought referee Willie Collum got it wrong when he sent off Scott McDonald in his side’s 2-0 loss to Rangers at Fir Park yesterday.

The match official had earlier dismissed the Ibrox side’s Michael O’Halloran in the fourth minute.

McGhee said: “Seeing it again, it’s probably a poor decision. But it’s not to even things up, he thinks it’s a sending-off.

“I don’t have any fears over the ref. Yes, it’s the turning point and it’s an important decision, one he gets wrong.

“I don’t think it’s a balancing up of the game. The ball just gets away from Scott, but he toes it away, his foot’s on the ground, it’s not a red.”

The two reds take Collum’s tally in the top flight to a remarkable 64 – 31 more than any other referee.

And Rangers boss Mark Warburton refused to rip into O’Halloran, despite the winger giving Gers a mountain to climb with his rash challenge on Callum McHugh.

He said: “There’s no intent, I am sure of that. But if you catch him, you catch him.

“Scott’s red, I thought it was bad one right in front of me. That’s my initial reaction, but I haven’t seen it again yet so it wouldn’t be right to comment.”

Warburton also refused to confirm Gers’ move for Port Vale keeper Jak Alnwick to replace the outgoing Matt Gilks.

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