FORMER Rangers legend Ray Wilkins has hit out at Ibrox midfielder Andy Halliday for his reckless challenge in the early stages of Sunday’s Scottish Cup semi final.
Wilkins recognises that Rangers aren’t anywhere near the standard of their Glasgow rivals and as such should have got into Celtic’s faces but Halliday’s lunge was unacceptable and could have seriously injured young England star Patrick Roberts.
“Well first and foremost, I felt at the weekend that the Rangers players just allowed Celtic far too much comfort with the ball,” Wilkins told Sky Sports News.
“Being a side that isn’t quite up to the standard of Celtic they have to get into the faces of the Celtic players and make a few challenges.
“They did make a couple of challenges that were a bit bang out of order early on, especially one on Patrick Roberts, but the gulf between the footballing sides, the way that they play their football was huge.
“Scott Brown in the middle of the field just run the game, didn’t break sweat.”
Ex-Scotland international striker Steven Thompson also insisted that Halliday was in the wrong insisting that the tackle was “most definitely an ordering-off”.